Reach - Devil's Dyke - Swaffham Prior - Reach
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This pleasant and interesting walk begins in the Cambridgeshire village of Reach, which lies in the triangle created by Cambridge, Newmarket and Ely. There is convenient parking right at the start of the walk. It begins on the ancient defensive monument of Devil's Dyke (aka Devil's Ditch), which although significantly shorter than the more famous Offa's Dyke, is actually higher and better preserved in many places.
The County Council occasionally runs guided walks to highlight the archaeology of the monument and there are seven information boards along the dyke, some of which feature in this walk. There is plenty of wildlife to see on the open chalk landscape, including species of rare butterflies and flowers and several species of bird including skylarks.
Two miles along the 7.5-mile dyke, the route cuts across fields along a well-marked footpath directly towards the picturesque village of Swaffham Prior. At this point of the walk we observed a large family of hares in mid-May. This village boasts two churches and two windmills and is easily spotted from the height of the dyke.
From Swaffham Prior the trail follows a country track back towards Reach and runs along the edge of a newly planted wood established by the Woodland Trust.
England - East England - Cambridgeshire - Fens
Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Pub, Wildlife
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