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Paxton Pits, Paxton Pits Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre

High Street, Little Paxton, Cambridgeshire, PE19 6ET

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Opening Times (Vistor Centre)

  • Monday 10:00 - 16:30.
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 16:30.
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 16:30.
  • Thursday 10:00 - 16:30.
  • Friday 10:00 - 16:30.
  • Saturday 10:00 - 16:30.
  • Sunday 10:00 - 16:30.

Location

  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is St Neots.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located in front of the venue.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • There is/are 2 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 340cm x 570cm (11ft 2in x 18ft 8in).
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 35m (38yd 10in) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 38m (41yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are dropped kerbs.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a dropped kerb between the car park and the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
    • There is a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The road is generally quiet.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Drop off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) by sliding.
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 110cm (3ft 7in).

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located at the threshold of the entrance.
  • There is/are 1 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are shallow (2cm - 10cm).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope does not bypass the step(s).

Outside Access (Alternative Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 80cm (2ft 7in).

Level Change (Alternative Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are medium.

Eating and Drinking

  • The following information is for the café.
  • The café is located to the left as you enter the visitor centre.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the alternative entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 68cm (2ft 3in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 73cm (2ft 5in).
  • The standard height for tables is 68cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is not available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.

Trails

  • The Meadow Trail is around the southern part of the reserve. It is about 1.5 miles long and includes squeeze gates and a set of steps. The trail takes approximately 1 hour to walk.
  • The Heron Trail, north of the visitors centre includes two hides: the Hayden Hide and the Kingfisher Hide. The trail is about two miles long and takes approximately 1.5 hours to walk.
  • Wheelchairs can gain access using a RADAR key.
  • The River Trail, which uses the Ouse Valley Way and parts of the Heron and Meadow Trails, is 3.5 miles long and takes approximately 2 hours. This trail includes one set of steps.
  • Squeeze gates located on the trails are approximately 122cm wide.
  • Pathways on the trails are both surfaced and unsurfaced.
  • The Heron trail has the greatest amount of surfaced pathways.
  • Surfaces are made up of compacted earth and loose chippings with areas of grass. They are uneven in places.
  • The hides are accessible via easy slopes. The Hayden hide is accessed via a single, heavy door that opens towards you and is a 100cm. The Haydon hide also has lowered viewing windows.
  • Bench seating is located a various points along the trails.
  • A tramper scooter with a RADAR key is available for use from the visitor centre. Please make enquires with staff.
  • Directional signage is located at pathway intersections and large maps are located at the end of the car park and at the visitor centre.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 16m (17yd 1ft) from the alternative entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located at the side of the venue.
    • There is not level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 93cm (3ft 1in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 220cm (4ft 11in x 7ft 3in).
    • There is sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 82cm (2ft 8in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is not a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are waste paper pedal bin disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 89cm (2ft 11in).

Standard Toilet(s)

Level Change (Toilets)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance to the toilets.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents are not available in large print.
  • A bowl of water cannot be provided for an assistance dog.