GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Potteric Carr Nature Reserve

2 miles (4 km)

Follow a network of footpaths around this large nature reserve in Doncaster. There are nearly 500 acres to explore with habitats including marsh, scrub, waterways, grassland and woodland. Over 230 species of bird have been spotted in the reserve including Bittern, Greater Spotted Woodpecker and Kingfisher. Also look out for other wildlife including Roe Deer and Grass Snakes.
There is an abundance of interesting plantlife in the reserve too. Yellow iris and pink violets can be seen near the waterways while hawthorn blossom lines the pathways. The reserve also has very good on site facilities including a Visitor centre and cafe. It is located less than 2 miles south of the centre of Doncaster.


DN4 8DB - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Potteric Carr Nature Reserve OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Potteric Carr Nature Reserve Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head a few miles north from the reserve and you'll find some nice woodland trails around Sandall Beat Wood.
You could also pick up the Doncaster River Walk and visit the picturesque Sprotbrough Falls and the impressive Conisbrough Viaduct.
The long distance Trans Pennine Trail and Doncastrian Way can also be picked up here.
To the east you can pick up the Peatlands Way to explore Thorne Moors and Hatfield Moors, part of the Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve. The moors are the second largest lowland raised peat bog in England and notable for their diversity of wildlife and plantlife.


The café and visitor centre Potteric Carr nature reserve, Doncaster - - 1553701

The café and visitor centre. Set in the middle of the reserve and a fair walk from the car park.

Mother Drain, Potteric Carr - - 488979

Mother Drain. Much work is going on on the Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, and presumably a bridge is planned here.

Potteric Carr - - 487923

The wetlands area after heavy rain.

Huxter Well Drain - - 487906

Huxter Well Drain. With brick barn adjacent, close to the M18 motorway and the Nature Reserve.

Black Carr Bridge - - 958446

Black Carr Bridge. Girder bridge carrying the railway over the Potteric Carr yellow route nature trail and East Coast Mainline railway.

Red Route - - 958365

Red Route path along the former trackbed of the Dearne Valley Railway

Bridleway bridge over The Mother Drain - - 1196411

Bridleway bridge over The Mother Drain

Childers Marsh Viaduct - - 958459

Childers Marsh Viaduct


GPS Files

GPX File

Potteric Carr Nature Reserve.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Potteric Carr Nature Reserve.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)