Coton Countryside Reserve can be visited 365 days of the year. Entry is free of charge.

There are miles of paths for visitors to enjoy the countryside, including a walk up to Red Meadow Hill, where there are fantastic views. The main spine path through the reserve is hard surface and suitable for wheelchairs and cycles.

There are grass meadows and newly planted orchards where you can stray off the path and enjoy a picnic.

Dogs are very welcome but must be kept on leads except in the dog run area (located next to the spine path near the car park). Dog bins are provided.

We hold guided walks, volunteer work parties and other events at the Reserve, click here to find out what's on.

There are no toilet facilities at the Reserve.

The reserve is part of a working farm, so please be aware that some fields will contain cows/ sheep at certain times of the year and you should also expect to encounter tractors and other agricultural vehicles. Please do not stray into crop fields and close gates behind you if there is livestock present.

Click here for a visitor map of the reserve.

Click here to download our Coton Countryside Reserve visitor leaflet.

Click here to find out about walks based around Coton Reserve.

Temporary disruption due to bridge works - Autumn 2020

Highways England are carrying out repairs to bridges over the M11, some paths will be closed to enable these works to take place and diversions will be in place:

1. The footbridge over the M11 between Coton village and West Cambridge will be closed from 2 November 2020 to 17 December 2020. As part of these works, the entrances into the reserve near the bridge will be closed. A diversion will be in place to continue to allow access into the reserve next to Coton Recreation Ground.

2. The farm bridge over the M11 between the reserve and Barton Road will be closed from 26 Oct 2020 to 6 Nov 2020 for bridge works. The pedestrian entrance next to Wheatcases Barn will also be closed for safety reasons.

We are sorry for any inconvenience. Please follow any on-site signs or restrictions. 

Directions and Transport

The Reserve is located just south of Coton village on the western edge of Cambridge. There are over 8 different entrances depending on how and from which direction you are arriving. The main entrances (spine path) are accessed from Coton Footpath at the eastern end of the village recreation ground and from the Reserve car park on Grantchester Road (CB23 7PZ).

The Reserve is easily reached by cycle from Cambridge and there is cycle parking at the main entrances.

We provide a free car park on Grantchester Road which is open from 8am to 5pm. Please note that there is a height restriction barrier of 2.1 metres, which prevents access for buses, vans, etc.

The Reserve can be reached by buses serving Coton village.

Wheelchair users may require assistance to get from the car park to the spine track. Alternatively, wheelchair users may park at the Coton Footpath entrance.