Barnack Hill and Holes: how to get there

Barnack Hills and Holes NNR is in Cambridgeshire near the Cambridgeshire, Lincolshire, Rutland boundary.

The reserve is situated at the south-west corner of Barnack village, two miles from the A1, west of Peterborough.

By cycle/on foot

The reserve is situated less than 5 minutes walk from Barnack. A public footpath (Barnack No. 2 footpath) crosses the southern boundary of the Reserve, linking the villages of Barnack and Southorpe.

By bus

Buses from Peterboroughexternal link and Stamfordexternal link serve the village hourly.

By train

The nearest train station is Stamfordexternal link (4 miles).

By car

The Reserve is not signposted from public roads but is easy to find as it lies immediately to the South and West of Barnack village, 2 miles from the A1 west of Peterborough.

The main car park is on Wittering Road (on the North side of the Reserve), with additional lay-by parking on Walcot Road (East side).

Travellers from the North should leave the A1 at the Barnack turn, half a mile after the Carpenter’s Lodge (Stamford) junction.

From the South, leave the A1 at Wansford, take the A47 towards Peterborough and then after 1 mile turn left to follow the minor road through Southorpe to Barnack.


The site is Open Access Land (open to visitors all the year round). There are occasional partial closures for pest control purposes, but these never affect the whole site. During these closures visitors are free to use and enjoy the rest of the site in complete safety.

A public footpath (Barnack no. 2 footpath) crosses the southern boundary of the Reserve and is always open.

The Limestone Trail is a 40-minute waymarked walk that will take you around the Reserve, and can be started from any of the main parking areas serving the site.

The hilly nature of the site means that it is not suitable for wheelchair access.


There are no facilities available on site, toilets and refreshments are available at the nearby public house, less than 2 minutes walk from the Reserve. These is also a shop at the Post Office in Main Street, Barnack, less than 5 minutes walk.


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