Bransholme is home to a stunning nature reserve on Noddle Hill that’s perfect for exercising with all the family.
What is it?
Based on Noddle Hill Way, the site boasts a nature reserve and fishing lake open 24 hours a day. It’s perfect for relaxing walks and wildlife spotting. The 118-acre (48 hectare) site includes wetlands for rare water beetles, great crested newts, grass snakes and water voles.
Where is it?
The nature reserve and fishing lake are both accessible via Bransholme Road, and the children’s play area and sports pitches are accessible via Noddle Hill Way.
If you’re arriving by car the address and postcode is:
Noddle Hill Nature Reserve
Noddle Hill Way
There is a lane that runs down to the reserve off Noddle Hill Way where you can park for free.
If you’re using public transport for your visit, it is the number 12 which stops nearest to Noddle Hill Nature Reserve.
At the entrance you can either go into the wooded area on your right or straight ahead is the fishing lake and there’s a map of the entire nature reserve. Basically, its HUGE! There is so much land dedicated to this green space but you can pick the route you want to take depending on the amount of time you have.
It’s worth noting that not all the paths beyond the fishing lake are pram/wheelchair friendly. After rain, these paths are likely to get quite muddy too.
What is there to do?
The large fishing lake is a great attraction to families as it is home to lots of ducks and geese.
My children loved seeing all the baby ducklings on our visit.
Noddle Hill nature reserve is fantastic for wildlife from mammals such as roe deer and bats, to birds and insects. My sons found some really exquisite snail shells with fancy patterns on them which they were fascinated with.
The woods are dense and leafy so perfect for kids to play hide and seek in.
Benches are dotted around the entire nature reserve and there’s the occasional wooden picnic bench so you can rest and take in the amazing views across Hull.
I really loved how far I could let the children roam without getting worried as we could see for so far.
The boys really enjoyed running up and down all the hilly footpaths!
There is also a play park and sports pitches next to the nature reserve.
What about toilets?
There is a single disabled toilet at the entrance which can be accessed using a Radar key. The next nearest toilets are probably those at North Point Shopping Centre, 5 Goodhart Rd, Hull HU7 4EE.
Where can I eat?
Take food with you to enjoy whilst watching the ducks near the pond or head up to the picnic benches out on the hills for panoramic views of Hull.