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Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre

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Rainton Meadows Mallard Way | Chilton Moor, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 6PU, England
+44 191 584 3112
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wildlife trust

a good place for a good look round some good walking good cafe a big hide to see ducks swans... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
mikeone10
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Darlington, United Kingdom
Great for shot walks and feeding wildlife

This is a local haunt for me which I use often. There is parking; the cafe offers refreshments and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
lorrainesidney57
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Houghton-le-Spring, United Kingdom
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Rainton Meadows is just one of 35 nature reserves owned and managed by Durham Wildlife Trust. The visitor centre and children's WildPlay area area open seven days a week from 10am – 4.00pm. The centre has a range of facilities including toilets, a classroom, meeting rooms and a fantastic coffee shop. There is an excellent network of accessible pathways linking viewing areas that look across the lakes and wetlands, with areas of grassland and woodland completing the habitats on site. Rainton Meadows has developed into a significant area for wildlife over the last 20 years. The wetlands and grasslands support a wide range of birds and over 200 species have been recorded. Waders such as redshank, oystercatcher, lapwing are regularly seen and also more unusual species such as little ringed plover. All five species of UK owl can be seen at different times of the year and there are good numbers of warblers, finches, tits and farmland birds. Stoat, weasel, brown hare and roe deer are regularly seen and the wetlands attract numerous dragonflies and damselflies. Butterfly numbers are also high, particularly grassland species.
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Rainton Meadows Mallard Way | Chilton Moor, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 6PU, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

a good place for a good look round some good walking good cafe a big hide to see ducks swans etc there is a few lakes to get round

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a local haunt for me which I use often. There is parking; the cafe offers refreshments and information; walks are short and allow you to feed the ducks, geese and swans who love cornflakes.

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Reviewed 12 June 2018

There are some really pleasant walks in this nature reserve. We visited at the weekend with our son who is a wheelchair user. unfortunately we found wheelchair access was very difficult. The paths in the main were fine but getting through the gates took a...More

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Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

Lovely relaxing peaceful place to have a good walk and lots of lakes to visit. Fabulous birds to see and listen to. After the meadows coffee shop is a nice pit stop for a cold drink oh hot drink lovely fresh cakes served and the...More

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Reviewed 13 May 2018

Parking is available in front of the visitor centre. First I called in at the cafe where you can have a hot drink and maybe a cake. Due to inclement weather I was told that I could go upstairs to the conference room where I...More

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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

we've been here quite a few times as a family on our bikes as it is all off road so great for getting out on our bikes all safe in the knowledge we won't need to cross busy roads once we get here. lovely on...More

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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

My son and I came for a walk to blow away the cobwebs. Nice trail round (although signs weren't the easiest to follow in places!) Lovely play area at the end to finish the trip off. Nice way to spend an hour or two.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Lovely place for a walk with friends and family then back for a fresh cuppa and great cake! The service is friendly and it’s good value for money

Thank Jane P
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Emily R, Membership Development Officer at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

Hello Jane P, thank you for leaving such a good review of Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve. We are glad you enjoyed it! We hope to welcome you back again soon. Best Wishes, Emily

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Reviewed 22 February 2018

We absolutely love this place. I've given so many bad reviews of places Ive been to recently so its an absolute pleasure to write about our secret place. Its not 5 star by any means but its warm, cosy, clean and the staff are super...More

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Emily R, Membership Development Officer at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2018

Hello Seasidegold, thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review of Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit and hope to see your and your Grandaughters again soon! Many thanks, Emily

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Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

Love Rainton Meadows - Such a great place to visit if you want a spot of nature, tranquility or just want to walk the dog. The café's also well worth a visit if you fancy a quick cuppa an cake - quite cheap too.

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Emily R, Manager at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2018

Hello s7oney, thank you for your lovely review! I hope we'll see you at the reserve again soon. Best wishes, Emily (DWT)

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Kaz C
1 August 2017|
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Response from Abbie O | Property representative |
Hi Kaz C, yes, the site is run by a charity (Durham Wildlife Trust), there is no charge to park or to enter but you are encouraged to leave a donation in the visitor centre to help towards costs. Best wishes and hope you... More
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Alan B
30 March 2016|
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yes dogs are welcome, but on a lead
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