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65 million year journey helps signal opening of nature reserve near Haverhill

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The opening of a nature reserve just a few miles from Haverhill was marked by a group of children when they completed a sponsored ‘Dinosaur Walk’ .

The eight mile walk connects Walden Countryside’s two main nature reserves, Noakes Grove in Sewards End and Kings Field in Hempstead and on the borders of Steeple Bumpstead, just outside Suffolk, using public footpaths all the way.

Walden Countryside is a not-for-profit community interest company that creates and manages nature reserves in the north Uttlesford area.

The walk got its name because it was followed by Walden Countryside’s Wild Child club members, all home-schooled children, who used the route to understand something about prehistory timescales: each millimetre of their walk took them five years back in time.

David Corke, director of Walden Countryside, said: “The first step they took and they were back with Boudicca fighting the Romans.

“Fifty paces and they were with the Neanderthals hunting mammoths and being hunted by lions.

“It was only at the end of their five-hour walk that they were back with the very last of the dinosaurs (65 million years ago) and each got a real dinosaur tooth as a prize for completing their sponsored walk.

“The dinosaur walk is a great country walk for Haverhill area residents of any age,” added David.

The details are HERE

You can leave your car at either Noakes Grove or Kings Field, or get to either of them on a route 60 bus from Haverhill.

Starting at Sewards End, the walk takes you on a section of the Roman Road that linked Great Chesterford to Radwinter, then through Tile Kiln Wood, a privately owned ancient woodland with public footpath access, and then through the two halves of Bendysh Wood before you reach Kings Field beside Bumpstead Brook.