Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
Please note that the paths and bird hides at the Nature Reserve remain open, but we ask that all visitors respect the quarantine rules and keep their distance from other people using the space. If you have Covid-19 symptoms or have tested positive, please self-isolate at home.
The Visitor Centre is now open for drinks and snacks, with some socially-distanced tables inside, and for purchasing bird food, from 11am-3pm Saturday to Thursday depending on volunteer availability. The toilets will remain open every day 11am-3pm.
Some events, outdoor only and including guided walks, are now being reintroduced as of summer 2021. Keep an eye on the website for more details.
About 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, with guided, accessible trails and – in usual times – a friendly visitor centre to rest your feet and get tea, coffee and summer ice creams.
In 2018, and again in 2020, the Reserve was given a Green Flag Award, a scheme that sets the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.
The Nature Reserve is open all day, every day and parking is free.
The Visitor Centre is open six days a week, Saturday-Thursday, 11am-3pm depending on volunteer availability. The Visitor Centre operates on a Covid-safe one-way system – please enter via the back door, which is clearly signposted. The toilets are open 11am-3pm every day.
There are three guided trails around the Reserve, with maps located at key points including the car park. Pick up a leaflet at the Visitor Centre. An all-terrain mobility scooter is available to borrow from the Visitor Centre.
Walking your dog:
Dogs are welcome, but please keep them on leads or under close control and out of the water. Ensure you pick up after them and dispose of the bags in the bins provided. Plastic bags are available from the visitor centre.
Please be aware that the lakes and ditches may contain toxic algae.
Visits by organised groups are very welcome. If you are interested in arranging a group visit, please enquire in advance to: firstname.lastname@example.org
By car or bike
Paxton Pits is located just five minutes from the A1. The entrance to the Reserve is at grid reference TL 196 629. Use postcode PE19 6ET for GPS devices. Parking is free and there are racks provided for bicycles.
St Neots railway station is about two miles south-east from Little Paxton. You can walk most of the way from the station along the Ouse Valley Way.
The number 66 bus stops nearby in Little Paxton. Click here for bus timetables on the Traveline East Anglia website.