Little Paxton - Offord Cluny - Diddington - Little Paxton

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A truly fabulous circular route of contrasts, this walk is just about flat all the way and is a wildlife spectacular, following the Great River Ouse for quite some distance and giving views of the river with boats and wildlife on view. Some stretches along the river are tree-lined, where many birds can be heard. Turning away from the river through farmland and on along the babbling Diddington Brook through Diddington, there is a site of a medieval village to pass. Passing some modern working gravel pits is very interesting. Paxton Pits Nature Reserve is walked through, both at the beginning and end of this wonderful walk.

England - East England - Cambridgeshire - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Industrial Archaeology, Lake/Loch, Nature Trail, River, Wildlife, Woodland
6/24/2022 - Mark Farrington

Just after waypoint 3 we found the track and kissing gates chained shut, but in fact there's a partially overgrown and not initially obvious path heading right to the river a few yards before the gates, and it looks like that is now the intended route. There's a Heron Trail sign on the left a few yards along it, but that’s invisible from the main track because of the overgrown shrubs on that side. There's a lot of ongoing sand and gravel extraction from waypoint 11 until south of 12 which is indeed interesting but noisy and not very scenic. The path looks like it gets diverted now and again, but the route is clearly marked throughout. Do also visit the southern parts of the reserve, signposted past the Visitor Centre, which are peaceful with smaller, although rougher, paths. Everywhere was alive with Banded Demoiselle and Blue Damselflies, Norfolk Hawker Dragonflies and assorted woodland butterflies throughout our walk.

6/13/2021 - charles bilson

Just done the walk. Beautiful walk.

5/29/2014 - Angie Baxter

Really lovely walk along the river. There was plenty of wildlife to see and the nature reserve is beautiful too.

8/18/2012 - Helen Wakefield

This was a very enjoyable walk, the views etc were lovely. This walk in one particular part was very wet indeed. This was at point 7 on the instructions. I would most certainly do this walk again. While walking alongside of the River Ouse we were lucky enough to see plenty of Dragon Flies etc.