VISIT: Devils Dyke & Burwell Museum

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Devils Dyke is a scheduled site of national importance and has a fascinating history linked to the Saxons. It is an impressive bank and ditch which is 7 miles long and is wider and higher than Offa’s Dyke.

The guided walk along the earthworks will look at the archaeology, the surrounding landscape and the development of the area in past times.

David Crawford-White will be your expert guide.

The walk will start at 10am and will be in two parts each lasting approximately 1 hour. Those attending are free to bring a packed lunch or go into Burwell and have a meal at one of the hostels in the town or stay at Reach. The visit to the museum will start at 2pm and people will be free to wander. It’s a fascinating museum and includes a windmill and a wide range of collections and outbuildings.

The visit is free to FRAG members other than a fee of £4 for the museum. Booking a place is open to FRAG members until Friday 30th September on a first come basis (numbers limited to 20).

Discounted 2017 FRAG membership is now available for just £10 which covers this trip and our monthly programme of talks and activities for the remainder of the year.

The earthworks is cut by the B1102 (Swaffham Prior to Burwell Road). We will meet at a small carpark on the right going towards Burwell, where the B1102 cuts through earthworks. After the first part of the walk we will then return to our cars and drive to Reach village. We will then return to the Dyke before retracing our steps back to Reach.

If you do not wish to visit the museum please make this clear on the booking form.

Wear suitable footwear and bring waterproofs. It is an open linear eartwork that can be wet and very slippery when wet!

Attendees are not covered by FRAG’s insurance so you are advised to take out your own personal accident insurance if you wish.

Please be aware that there are no toilets on the site.

Outline Schedule

  • 09.45 Arrive at the Devils Dyke car park (allow about 80 mins from Peterborough)
  • 09.55 Group briefing
  • 10.00 Part 1 of the tour starts and will last about 1 hour. Return to cars
  • 11.30 Part 2 of the tour start and will last approx. 1.25 hours
  • 12.45 Lunch break in Reach or Burwell
  • 13.50 Meet outside the museum in Burwell
  • 14.00 Tour of the museum
  • 15.30 Ends
  • The organisers reserve the right to postpone or stop the event at any point.

    The walk will not take place if there are fewer than 10 participants.



15 October 2017
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Devils Dyke
Newmarket, Cambridgeshire CB25 0HX
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