The Visitor Centre is open for drinks, snacks and purchasing bird food from 10am-4pm every day depending on volunteer availability. The toilets are open every day at the same time. 

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.

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.

Opening times:

The Nature Reserve is open all day, every day and parking is free.
The Visitor Centre is open seven days a week, 10am-4pm depending on volunteer availability. The toilets are open 10am-4pm every day.

Getting around:

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.

Group visits:

Visits by organised groups are very welcome. If you are interested in arranging a group visit, please enquire in advance to:

You can download our group visits booking form here.

Getting here:

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.

By rail
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.

By bus
The number 66 bus stops nearby in Little Paxton. Click here for bus timetables on the Traveline East Anglia website.

A map showing how to get to Paxton Pits Nature Reserve via the A1