Visiting Paxton Pits

Paxton Pits Nature Reserve welcomes visitors at all times of year. It is made up of a series of lakes, meadows and woodland rich in wildlife. Please respect the abundant wildlife that live in the reserve by keeping to paths and keeping disturbance to a minimum - especially during spring and summer when animals are breeding.
The nature reserve is adjacent to a watersports area and an active quarry - neither of which are open to the public. Please stick to the marked paths and respect any no entry signs, and be careful of lorries that use the road near to the car park. 

Opening times:

The Nature Reserve is open all day, every day and parking is free.
The Visitor Centre is open most days 10am-4.30pm, depending on volunteer availability.

Getting around:

There are three guided trails around the Reserve, with maps located at key points including the car park. You can also pick up a leaflet at the Visitor Centre, or explore the maps online.

Access to the most popular areas is available for those with disabilities, and there are also an all-terrain mobility scooter and a wheelchair available at the Visitor Centre. Please phone up the Visitor Centre (01480 406795) to book either. Before using the scooter for the first time, you will need a short training session with one of our qualified volunteers. The wheelchair has small wheels, so is only for pushing a less able person. Both are free to borrow. We only ask that you leave your car keys with us when you borrow either.

Group visits:

Visits by organised groups are very welcome: please book in advance.

Walking your dog:

Dogs are welcome, but please keep them on leads or under close control and out of the water, and ensure you pick up after them. Bins are provided, and plastic bags available from the visitor centre. Please be aware that the lakes and ditches may contain toxic algae. Visit our dogs page for more information.

Getting here:

By car
Paxton Pits is five minutes from the A1 (London-Edinburgh) trunk road. The entrance to the Reserve is at grid reference TL 196 629. 
Use postcode PE19 6ET for GPS devices.

By rail
St Neots railway station (on the Peterborough-Kings Cross line) is about two miles south-east from Little Paxton. You can walk most of the way from the station along the Ouse Valley Way.

By bus
The number 66 bus stops nearby in Little Paxton. Click here for bus timetables on the Traveline East Anglia website; use the post code PE19 6ET to find services.

By bicycle
There are three substantial open-air bike racks where you can secure your bike.

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