Hamish visited on a hot day in June 2010. He was happy to lie in the interesting visitor centre whilst we read the history of the site, then in the shade in the picnic area whilst we took it in turns to explore the flint mine. We also walked the extensive site, containing dozens of un-excavated pits. This is a calm and thought-provoking place with an extensive dog friendly area (even if the ‘main attraction’, the one pit open to the public, is not dog friendly due to its ladder access).
Thetford (seven miles)
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DogPeople Says : Grimes Graves
Located 7 miles North West of Thetford off A134 (OS Map 144; ref TL 818898).
Grime's Graves is the only Neolithic flint mine open to visitors in Britain. A grassy lunar landscape of over 400 shafts, pits, quarries and spoil dumps, they were first named Grim's Graves - meaning the pagan god Grim's quarries, or 'the Devil's holes' - by the Anglo-Saxons. Today visitors can descend 9 metres (30 ft) by ladder into one excavated shaft, an unforgettable experience. The small exhibition area illustrates the history of this fascinating site. Set amid the distinctive Breckland heath landscape, Grime's Graves is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest, the home of a wide variety of plants and fauna.
Check the English Heritage website for details.
Dogs on leads are welcome - contact site for any restrictions. Assistance dogs are welcome everywhere.
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