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 and toilets are now open Saturday-Thursday, 11am-3pm. There is a one-way system and social distancing measures in place, and only card payments are accepted.

We are also supporting the NHS test and trace system. Please download the NHS test and trace app and scan the unique QR code at the Visitor Centre. This is to help keep everyone safe and keep the virus under control. For more details about the NHS test and trace app please visit the official website at

Many of our events remain cancelled, though our Third Thursday walks, some of our wildlife survey groups and our work parties have started up again in a Covid-secure way.

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 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.
Currently, the Visitor Centre and toilets are open six days a week, Saturday-Thursday 11am-3pm, depending on volunteer availability. Closed on Fridays.

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: please book in advance.

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