Cherry Hinton Chalk Pits and the “War Ditches” Iron-Age Hill Fort on the first day of spring

East Pit
Today saw the arrival of the Vernal Equinox and, given that today was one of my two days off, I thought I'd celebrate the first day of spring by taking a short cycle ride out to the Cherry Hinton Chalk Pits and the “War Ditches” Iron-Age Hill Fort. It's a remarkably vertiginous landscape for we fen-dwellers and one full of geological, botanical, ornithological, paleontological and historical interest as an exploration of the previous links will reveal. It seemed appropriate to be here on the site of an Iron-Age settlement on a day that would have been so important to its first inhabitants.

As usual I took some photos along the way; all taken with a Fuji X100F. Just click on a photo to enlarge it. 

East Pit —note the yellow/ochre and red bands towards the top

East Pit

East Pit

East Pit looking down at where the Iron-Age fort was found

Wildflowers in East Pit

East Pit

Broken chalk in East Pit

A school-boy den in West Pit

A brick-kiln in West Pit

The top of West Pit

Looking down into West Pit

The cliff-top at west Pit

A leaf on moss in West Pit

Blackthorn blossom in Cherry Hinton


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