Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
Please note that the paths at the Nature Reserve remain open, but we ask that all visitors respect the self-isolation and quarantine rules and keep their distance from other people using the space.
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.
Many of our events and work parties remain cancelled, though our Third Thursday walks and some of our wildlife survey groups 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.
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.
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: please book in advance.
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.