In September 2001 The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a grant of £305,000 for the upkeep of the Devil's Ditch, particularly the clearance of invasive scrub towards the northern end. Unlike much of the agricultural land around it has not been 'improved' with fertilizers or pesticides with the result that for at least some of its length a natural balance of plants and trees has been achieved over the centuries. Open agricultural or sheep grazing land allows wide views towards Burwell to the right. Conservation body - The Wildlife Trust 3b Langford Arch London Rd Sawston Cambridge CB2 4EE (Tel 01223 712400) email firstname.lastname@example.org Web site. Early in 2007 work progressed to the southern section southwards from Court Barns Road (Stetchworth to Cheveley road) Here the main work was the clearing of numerous sycamore saplings on the east side of the bank. The Mile Ditches were excavated in advance of the dualling of the A505 in 1978. 41, R Holgate (ed.) Walkers energetic enough to have completed the whole of the 7 mile length of the Ditch might well appreciate some refreshments at the Dyke's End pub, set facing the green. The primary silt of the western ditch of the three Mile Ditches has been dated to the second century BC. The cinder path of the old railway, disused since the cuts of the 1960's, is still clearly visible and is a bank are carpeted with bluebells in May, patches of primroses and cowslips grow along the shady pathside in spring and the beautiful violet-blue pendulous blooms of clustered and nettle-leaved bellflowers adorn the edges in summer. www.wildlifetrust.org.uk/bcnp Originally the ditches had accompanying banks formed by the upcast from the ditches. What is it that makes the Devil's Ditch so precious? During 2003 the main work has been on the section between the Burwell Road and the A 41. It is well worth a short departure from the Ditch path to follow the old track to the left, where mullein, fennel and thyme are among the many wild flowers growing here. Soon the path winds through a group of twisted old pines before this mile long stretch of the Ditch ends with the crossing of the Newmarket to Cambridge/London road, still busy despite through traffic using the Newmarket by-pass further to the north. hawthorn, ivy, privet, elder and wild rose. Soon the path winds through a group of twisted old pines before this mile long stretch of the Ditch ends with the crossing of the Newmarket to Cambridge/London road, still busy despite through traffic using the Newmarket by-pass further to the north. Top 5 Jockeys - Last 12 Months. The Mile Ditches were one of a series of such Iron Age ditch systems lying across the Icknield Belt between Luton and Royston. In an early 1900s article about steeplechasing Newmarket's course was described as 'a model of a galloping course, with fair fences of good size' . Newmarket Racecourse's new Millennium Grandstand shows up white in the distance. Turf - Flat. The primary silt of the western ditch of the three Mile Ditches has been dated to the second century BC. There is a website dedicated towards the Devils Dyke (Ditch) Restoration programme. Special Scientific Interest). Newmarket Racecourse's new Millennium Grandstand shows up white in the distance. Stetchworth Stud Farms is a 5.8 mile loop trail located near Newmarket, Suffolk, England that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. For this account we will look at the Ditch as it is in the early 21st century, taking an imaginary walk from the Wood Ditton end at a point near Pickmore Wood, a quarter of a mile walk from Ditton Green. An extensive scrub clearance project commenced in the summer of 2002 along the section by the July Racecourse owned by the Jockey Club, under a partnership with the club, the Cambridgeshire County Council, the Wildlife Trust, English Nature and English Heritage. Soon the path winds through a group of twisted old pines before this mile long stretch of the Ditch ends with the crossing of the Newmarket to Cambridge/London road, still busy despite through traffic using the Newmarket by-pass further to the north. General view of the Mile Ditches excavation, 5 March 1978 (photograph G R Burleigh © NHDC), S Bryant & G Burleigh 1995 ‘Later prehistoric dykes of the eastern Chilterns’, G Burleigh 1995 ‘A late Iron Age oppidum at Baldock, Hertfordshire’, (both the above papers are in R Holgate, see below), G Burleigh 1980 ‘The Mile Ditches, near Royston: Excavations, 1978’ in Hertfordshire’s Past no.8, O G S Crawford 1936 ‘Field Archaeology of the Royston District’ in Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society vol. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! 'The Ditch' (as it is known locally) is the 7 mile long embankment, thrown up in Anglo-Saxon times and is believed to be around 1450 years old. Conservation body - The Wildlife Trust 3b Langford Arch London Rd Sawston Cambridge CB2 4EE (Tel 01223 712400) email email@example.com Web site Devil's Dyke or Devil's Ditch is a linear earthen barrier, thought to be of Anglo-Saxon origin, in eastern Cambridgeshire and Suffolk.It is now also a 98 acre (39.8 hectare) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest.It runs in an almost straight line from Woodditton south of Newmarket to Reach north-west of Newmarket. The Mile Ditches, 8 March 1978, looking north-west (photograph G R Burleigh © NHDC). This part of the Ditch, bordering the heathland, is also the haunt of skylarks, yellow hammers, linnets and meadow pipits. A second series of multiple ditches running parallel with the line of the Icknield Way between Baldock and Royston has been interpreted as helping to define the territory of the Late Iron Age oppidum at Baldock. Surely it is the unchanging character of this ancient monument in a rapidly changing world, giving us a reminder of our Roman and Anglo-Saxon forebears.
Newmarket Racecourse's new Millennium Grandstand shows up white in the distance. The next section enters the domain of horse racing, as the Ditch cuts between Newmarket's two famous courses - the Rowley Mile and the July Course. Course Map. What is it that makes the Devil's Ditch so precious? This part is again lowered almost to nothing a few yards from the A14 for around 200 yards or so towards Reach. The banks possibly supported timber palisades, making the monument a formidable obstacle across the line of the Icknield Way and controlling the movement of people and animals. We now arrive at the great gash in the bank made by the start of the Rowley Mile course and the A14 trunk road. After crossing the railway line the Ditch changes in character and becomes much more open.Chalk loving flowers abound along this stretch in summer, greater knapweed, sainfoin, harebells and carline thistle. Looking to the right through the trees and tangled sinewy stems of old man's beard, one can catch occasional glimpses of Wood Ditton Church. the Ditch and on race days people standing on the bank get a free view of the racing, the arrival and departure of light 'planes carrying racing personalities and the packed grandstands on the other side of the course. Dunstable: The Book Castle.