The bank on the left, the ditch to the right
There is a public footpath which runs along the crest of the embankment, giving views of the surrounding countryside. As you walk it soon becomes obvious what a major undertaking this must have been for a people using only hand tools.
Looking down into the ditch
Much of the dyke has become choked with scrub in recent years though there are now attempts to open it up once again.
Where the scrub has been removed the wild flowers are returning, clustered bellflower grows particularly well here along with harebells, lady's bedstraw, rock rose, eyebright, dropwort and others. There were also numerous butterflies yesterday.
Harebells beside the path
The Dyke is also home to the only examples of native juniper remaining in East Anglia.
The path passes close to Mutlow Hill - not much of a hill to be honest, but it is topped by a low mound which is actually what remains of a Bronze Age burial chamber dating from 4,000 years ago. The foundations of a small Roman temple were also discovered near this spot.
The burial mound
Corn Buntings, Yellowhammers, Whitethroat and Blackcap were all seen along the way and a Buzzard passed close by. Just a few more shots to give a flavour of the walk: