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Great British boltholes: A review of The Three Blackbirds, Cambridgeshire

There are almost 20,000 steps from the door of the thatched Three Blackbirds pub at Woodditton to the other end of the Devil’s Dyke in Reach – and very squelchy they are too after a winter deluge. It’s still a lovely walk, though, along one of the largest and best preserved Anglo-Saxon earthworks in England, taking in tree-lined slopes, chalklands and fens.

Built for defence, and in some places more than 32ft high, the seven-mile dyke is a good vantage point from which to admire the surrounding countryside, and the race course that flanks it at Newmarket.

This is horse-racing country, speckled with studs and stables. Newmarket alone, where even the local branch of Greggs the bakery has horse photos on the walls, has three equine hospitals, the national stud and the excellent National Horse Racing Museum.

Charming: The Mail on Sunday’s Jane Knight checked into The Three Blackbirds, a dog-friendly pub in Woodditton

Swish: Six of the new rooms in The Barn are dog-friendly. They were unveiled just before the March lockdown, when the rest of the pub reopened after a devastating fire in 2018. Pictured is one of the spacious rooms

Don’t miss the museum’s racehorse simulator, which lets you canter with your bottom in the air, jockey-style.

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