St Neots Walks
This pretty town in Cambridgeshire has some lovely country and riverside walks to try. St Neots is the largest town in the county and an interesting place to visit. The town dates back over 1,000 years to the Medieval Priory of St. Neot and includes an award winning museum which is well worth a visit.
This circular walk uses part of the Ouse Valley Way to visit the lovely Riverside Park and the nearby Paxton Pits Nature Reserve. The walk starts from St Neots Bridge and follows the waymarked Ouse Valley Way north through the attractive Lammas Meadows on the eastern side of the river. The river eventually winds its way round to Paxton Pits where there's a series of nice ponds and lakes. In all there's 200 acres to explore with habitats including meadow, reedbed, scrub and woodland. It's a great place for bird watching so be sure to bring your binoculars.
After exploring the reserve the walk returns to St Neots Bridge on the same paths. You then pass through the Riverside Park on the western side of the river, just to the south of the bridge. Follow the paths south past the cricket ground to Eaton Socon where you cross the river at the pretty lock. You can then follow the Ouse Valley Way past Eynesbury before returning to the bridge.
The town is located close to the popular Grafham Water where there's more waterside walks along the large lake. Near here you can also pick up the The Three Shires Way long distance trail. The waymarked footpath is a great way of exploring the countryside and villages to the east of the town.
St Neots Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
St Neots Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
St Neots OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
St Neots Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Walks near St Neots
- Ouse Valley Way - Follow the River Great Ouse from the source at Brackley, Northamptonshire, to the mouth at The Wash at King's Lynn
- Grafham Water Circular Ride - A cycle and walking route around the beautiful Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire.
The route passes through woodland and the villages of Grafton and West Perry
- Paxton Pits - Visit this delightful nature reserve in Little Paxton and enjoy a series of well laid out, waterside walking trails
- The Three Shires Way - The Three Shires Way is a long distance bridleway which runs between Tathall End in north-east Buckinghamshire and Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire
- Wyboston Lakes - This short walk explores the Wyboston Lakes Nature Reserve near St Neots
Snacks are available in the Paxton Pits visitors centre but if you'd like something more substantial head to The Anchor in Little Paxton. The friendly pub has a cosy log fire for colder days and for the summer months there is a lovely outdoor dining area as well as an outside patio and play area. You can find the pub on the High Street in the village just to the west of the reserve. The postcode is PE19 6HA.
In St Neots there's also the splendid River Mill pub. The riverside pub has dining area opening out on to the lower mill pond viewing deck. Outside there are lots of picnic tables alongside the upper mill pond and the marina. It's a lovely place to relax on a summer day. You can find it about 1 mile south of the reserve at postcode PE19 8GW. In the Riverside Park there's also the Ambiance Cafe which serves light refreshments during the day.
Paxton Pits and the riverside are a nice place for a dog walk but please keep them under close control. Both the Anchor pub and River Mill mentioned above welcomes dogs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Pay a visit to St Neots Museum if you have time. It runs a variety of permanent and temporary exhibitions detailing the history of the area. You can find it at 8 New St with a postcode of PE19 1AE.
Head south and you could pick up the popular Biggleswade Green Wheel which explores the River Ivel and visits the Victorian Jordan's Mill and gardens.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cambridgeshire Walks page.