Tis Flat Around Little Downham

It is an overcast day again and we both have things to do around the caravan so decide it is a good idea to get on with our chores.  For me this means spending a good chunk of the day working on a report for a charity client.  I keep aiming to retire, but I am fortunate to work with some organisations that are making a real difference to the most vulnerable in our society, so it is hard to say no.

It is one of those days when both dogs are content to curl up under the table and wait for a sign that their master needs a break from the keyboard and a stretch of his legs.  The time arrives mid-afternoon and despite my words of encouragement Lynnie cannot be tempted out.  She intends to wander into Little Downham and have a mooch about.

Leaving Heatherbield CL I turn left along the Ely Road and then at a footpath sign on the left I join Marshall Drove.  This is the route I have been taking on my early morning strolls so the smells are familiar to the dogs.

At a junction of tracks I turn right to join Pithouse Drove and then at a junction of tracks I turn left along another track, The Balk.

As I approach the A10 I turn left along Coffue Drove and stay on this track to go under the railway line.

The route is now straight ahead, and I do mean straight, there is no deviation in the track as I follow it for another mile.

Just before reaching Wood Fen Farm I take a left turn down a track, North Fen.  No surprise that this is another straight flat track, which soon turns into a tarmac drive and then crosses the railway line, “Stop, Look, Listen”, as it heads back towards Little Downham.

Arriving on the outskirts of the village I turn left along the road and follow this back to the junction with the Ely Road where I turn left and walk the short distance to Heatherbield CL.  The walk has covered over four and a half miles and according to my OS App the highest point I reached was 28 feet above sea level, the lowest was minus 9 feet and during my walk I have made a total ascent of 65 feet.  It certainly is flat in these parts!

To view this 4.75 mile walk on OS Maps Click Here

To follow our walk you will need Ordnance Survey Outdoor Explorer Map 228 – March & Ely

12th March 2018

© Two Dogs and an Awning (2018)

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