Walkers enjoy Potteric Carr Nature Reserve Exploring Potteric Carr Nature Reserve - Credit Matthew Roberts

Explore the mosaic of habitats and wonderfully diverse wildlife at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve by picking one of four trails, many of which are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

The four routes are marked by coloured posts which include:

  • Dragonfly Trail - orange markers; 3 km lasting approx. 50 minutes
  • Expresso Trail - brown markers; 0.5 km lasting approx. 10 minutes
  • Railway Walk - red markers; 3 km lasting approx. 50 minutes
  • Wetland Walk - blue markers; 5 km lasting approx. 1 hour 10 minutes

All four routes cover approximately 8 km if you decide to make a day of it and take in the majority of the nature reserve. Please download the Potteric Carr Nature Reserve leaflet at the bottom of the page which shows all of the footpaths. On all routes you will come across several bird hides, the majority with ramp access. There is also a special iSpy leaflet to download for children, showing the Dragonfly Trail.

For a better view of the wildlife, stop in one of fourteen hides, which offer excellent vantage points.

After your walk be sure to stop in at the Kingfisher Tearooms for a cream tea or cake.

If you've brought along your children or grandchildren then don't miss out on the Discovery Room, open during weekends and in the school holidays and packed full with wildlife-themed books, games and crafts. Activity rucksacks are also available for our younger guests - ask at reception for more details.

We do ask that you keep to the footpaths so as not to disturb our wonderful wildlife, as conservation work is carried out in these areas. Please note that you are prohibited from crossing all railway lines on the site.

We hope you enjoy the walks and don't forget to let us know of your wildlife sightings by adding them to our 'Potteric Carr Sightings' Blog in the left hand menu!


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