GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

St Neots Walks

9 miles (14.6 km)

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 anaward 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 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

Pubs/Cafes

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 PE196HA.
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.

Dog Walking

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.

Photos

River Ouse Riverside Park St Neots

River Ouse Riverside Park St Neots

River Great Ouse, St Neots - geograph.org.uk - 684755

River Great Ouse, St Neots Taken from the Ouse Valley Way where it passes through Lammas Meadow

Paxton Pits Nature Reserve - geograph.org.uk - 1547986

Paxton Pits. Gravel pits by the River Great Ouse were dug out here between the 1940s and 1960s; the area was designated a nature reserve in the 1980s and is now an important visitor attraction as well as a haven for aquatic wildlife. The lake in this photo is called Heronry South Lake; no herons were in evidence on this occasion, but a swan can be seen in the shadow of the trees.

The Great River Ouse, St Neots - geograph.org.uk - 1260311

The Great River Ouse, St Neots Taken from the Mill Lane bridge. The Ouse Valley way runs along the bank on the left.

Riverside Park, St Neots - geograph.org.uk - 381927

Riverside Park, St Neots. Swans and ducks in boating pond at Riverside Park, St Neots. Beyond the footbridge in the distance is the Great River Ouse and St Neots town centre.

St Neots lock, Little Paxton - geograph.org.uk - 707098

St Neots lock, Little Paxton This is Lock 9 on the River Great Ouse. The mainstream of the river flows on the far side of The Island - which is the land on which the flats seen here have been built.

Market Square, St Neots - geograph.org.uk - 1206649

Market Square, St Neots. The largest town in the modern county of Cambridgeshire (after Cambridge and Peterborough, which are both cities) has at its heart this handsome market square.

The Bridge House, St Neots, Huntingdonshire - geograph-3151933

The Bridge House

GPS Files

GPX File

St Neots.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

St Neots.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)