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The map is designed to encourage the use of the parish paths, providing a wide variety of walks, including access to the Stour Valley Way and the Icknield Way.
The map includes paths outside the parish to aid planning longer routes, but only footpaths within the parish are identified by their number on the Definitive Footpath Map. The landowners have a duty not obstruct the right of way and share with the County Council a duty to maintain the path so that it is passable.
The first recorded use of the name Dullingham was around the year 975 AD when it was used to describe a wood in the area. The name comes from Old English and means “Homestead of the Dullingas, the people named after Dulla.”
The area had been settled many centuries before by successive waves of invaders from continental Europe, but it seems there is no archaeological evidence of earlier habitation in Dullingham itself, or in the other two communities which now form part of the modern village, Cross Green and Dullingham Ley.
Throughout its history Dullingham was an agricultural community and this remained true well into the 21st century; in the recent past the equine industry has become very important and there are now several studs in the parish which are a source of local employment as are the businesses which provide services to the studs.
The village has a beautiful church, two pubs, a village hall and a sports field and pavilion. There is a sense of openness in the village with houses set back from the road, and a network of footpaths, providing easy access to the countryside.
The village lies in a shallow stream valley, surrounded by the smooth rolling hills typical of East Cambridgeshire chalkland which traditionally supported mixed stock farming (mostly sheep) and arable farming (mostly cereal and sugar beet).
Most of the chalkland is a landscape of large fields and hedges with relatively few trees, there are however some woods in the parish and the village itself is richly endowed with trees. The traditional field pattern is further subdivided by stud developments these days.
Walks in the village provide plenty of interest with delightful views of open countryside. The traditional settlement pattern has left many valuable open spaces, and some striking architectural features such as the 12th century church and a number of domestic buildings dating from the 16th and 17th centuries.
Away from the village there is a good variety of wildlife, with many mammals, including at least one herd of deer, and many species of birds.
- Keep to the paths at all times
- Use gates or stiles, do not climb over fences or gates
- Leave gates as you find them
- Keep your dog under control, do not let it harass livestock or wildlife, do not let it run over the crops or through private woodland
- Keep your distance from horses and do not feed them
- Footpaths are for pedestrians only
- Bridleways are for pedestrians, horses and cyclists
- Byway is mainly for use by pedestrians, horses and cyclists, but vehicular access is permitted
- Permissive footpaths are not on the definitive map, access is allowed by the landowner as they wish
This map has been produced with permission from the Ordnance Survey and assistance from David Cooper and Adrian duPlessis