MARPA LINE WALKS
WALK 8 - Dullingham to NewmarketWALK 9 - Dullingham to Fulbourn
Dullingham station is isolated and not all trains call, so its best to start walks from here and finish at larger places with better services and facilities.
Mighty Devils Dyke is the highlight, a monument of outstanding archaeological and botanical interest. Of early Anglo Saxon origin the Dyke (or Ditch) is one of a series of barriers built to control movement along the ancient Icknield Way corridor. (See also Walk 9.) Now the slopes of the Dyke help preserve many of the chalk loving plants and butterflies once common on the grassy downland that surrounded Newmarket. The 2 miles alongside the A1304 can be avoided by using buses 11/12 (every 30 mins Mon-Sat) from the July Racecourse, or by walking the adjoining exercise track in the afternoons when the horses are absent. The former White Horseat Stetchworth (now a private house) is by the influential architect Voysey (1857-1941).
Distance 7 miles - allow about 3-4 hours, but add on time for refreshments, visiting nature reserves and churches Download the PDF format A4 trifold leaflet (528 kb)
Closure of intermediate stations at Six Mile Bottom and Fulbourn has left a long trek for walkers heading for Cambridge, but use can be made of bus Citi 1 (every 20 mins Mon-Sat.) to break the walk at Fulbourn.
Much of this walk follows part of the Icknield Way Path, a recreational long distance route linking the Ridgeway national trail at Ivinghoe Beacon with the Peddars Way national trail through Norfolk. Impressive Fleam Dyke also forms part of the route, one of a series of early Anglo Saxon barriers controlling the approach to East Anglia from the SW. (See Walk 8.)The Dyke is of great archaeological and botanical interest, as explained by an information board near Mutlow Hill tumulus. Near the end of the walk Fulbourn Fen Nature Reserve provides a contrasting (sometimes boggy!) habitat.
Distance 12½ miles - allow about 6-7 hours, but add on time for refreshments, visiting nature reserves and churches Download the PDF format A4 trifold leaflet (455 kb)
WALK 10 - Fulbourn to Cambridge
Fulbourn railway station is long gone, but the starting point can be easily reached by using bus Citi 1 from Cambridge railway station. (Every 20 mins Mon-Sat.)
Paths across rolling chalky fields lead to the Roman Road, a popular walk enjoyed by generations of Cambridge people. A deviation (extra 3¼ miles in total; arrow with v tail) on map) can be made to Magog Downs, from where there are superb viewpoints, returning to the Roman Road via Wandlebury Ring Country Park. Withing the Iron Age ramparts the stable block houses the grave of the famous Godolphin Arabian racehorse. Beyond the Beechwoods nature reserve a pleasant permissive path runs between hedges at the side of Wort's Causeway. Frequent buses from Addenbrooke's hospital direct to railway station can be used to shorten the walk by 2¾ miles
Distance 8½ miles (with shorter option) - allow about 4-5 hours for the full distance, but add on time for refreshments, visiting nature reserves, etc. Download the PDF format A4 trifold leaflet (530 kb)
WALK 13 - Dullingham to Kennett
Waymarks along the Icknield Way Path feature a primitive stone axe, a reminder of the great antiquity of this landscape, much of which is now devoted to the horse racing industry. The Path is clearly marked by wooden rails and boundary hedges between the manicured paddocks, many of which are occupied by the aristocrats of the equine world. Less glamorous beasts of another age must have plodded wearily across the famous pack horse bridge at the picturesque village of Moulton. From the wide verges bordering the road from Ashley there is a good view over the valley of the river Kennett towards Dalham Hall and buzzards can sometimes be seen in the skies above.
Distance 14 miles - allow about 7-8 hours for the full distance, but add on time for refreshments, visiting nature reserves, etc. Download the PDF format A4 trifold leaflet (624kb)
Walks selected by Roger Wolfe, Suffolk Area of The Ramblers