TL5864 : Devil's Dyke footpath crosses the B1102

taken 6 years ago, near to Swaffham Prior, Cambridgeshire, Great Britain

Devil's Dyke footpath crosses the B1102
Devil's Dyke footpath crosses the B1102
The footpath along the dyke here descends to road level for a crossing of the busy B1102 via a pair of kissing gates, before ascending some steps to regain the ridge on the other side, on the route to Reach.
Devil's Dyke, Cambridgeshire
The Devil's Dyke is one of the best preserved Anglo-Saxon earthworks of its kind in the country dating from the 5th or 6th century AD. It consists of a 7.5 miles (12.1 km) long bank and ditch running in a south-east direction from the village of Reach to Woodditton. When it was created, it sealed a narrow land corridor between the southern edge the then undrained and water-logged fenland in the north-west, and dense woodlands in the south, so making circumvention difficult and forming an effective barrier. The dyke crossed three important Roman roads, including the ancient Icknield Way, and may thus have served as a way of controlling trade and movement in and out of the area.

It was probably built by the East Anglians against their Mercian neighbours. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and other sources record the frequently tense relations between the two kingdoms, and it is likely that this provoked the need to strengthen the border and control access.

It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM). It also contains chalk grassland of international importance and has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and part is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

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Date Taken
Saturday, 4 August, 2012   (more nearby)
Sunday, 5 August, 2012
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts  Paths  Sport, Leisure  Grassland 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 5801 6482 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:15.5314N 0:18.8221E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 58036 64810
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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