My good friends in Little Paxton have had a brilliant idea this Sunday. Take a walk starting on the small peninsula they live on (yes, amazing views from their apartment), go across the street and visit the Paxton Pits Natural Reserve. Think of it as a huge parks with several lakes, geese, swans and wild ducks, the occasional frogs, and more water lilies than I have ever seen in my life, just blooming at this time of the year.
Paxton Pits is just perfect for most activities you’d think of in the great outdoors. Walking, running, taking your dogs out, a nice day with your kids running around and discovering nature, picnics, sun bathing in a private spot, and as my friend explained – spending an afternoon reading or knitting. Bike rides are also an option, so is fishing, although boats are not really allowed on the lake.
What Paxton Pits is idea for is bird watching. There are sighting boards to help you navigate the park’s wildlife and the visitor center can provide visitors with binoculars and the always great at helping you spot more species – bird food. The barbecue lovers might be a bit disappointed in the fact this activity is prohibited on the nature reserve’s grounds. However, there are great events organized here all year long and some of them are, you guessed it, barbecues.
If you want a quick visit of this wildlife haven, schedule at least a couple of hours for it, to get at least a general view of what you can do and see here. I strongly recommend an afternoon or maybe picnic lunch then a leisure walk. The best way though is to choose a sunny day and spend it all in Paxton Pits.