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This event is part of the Brecks Outdoor Festival

Cavenham Heath from World War 2 to the Cold War

Explore the military history of Cavenham Heath from WW2 to the Cold War on this guided walk.

September 12, 2024
10am - 12pm
Cavenham Heath National Nature Reserve
Fully Funded
Dog Friendly
Car Park

Cavenham Heath from World War 2 to the Cold War

Now a nature reserve, Cavenhan Heath was once a hive of military activity. The area was on the frontline during the Second World War, with anti – glider defences to protect RAF Mildenhall, part of the Eastern Command Line to protect London, and later RAF Tuddenham one of the few bomber stations to have a FIDO installation for landing in fog.

Post war, the site was used for bomb storage and disposal, and finally part of the Cold War Nuclear Deterrent.

On this guided walk, you will explore the surviving military features still to be found on the Heath.

Cavenham Heath from World War 2 to the Cold War

When: Thursday 12th September

Where: Cavenham Heath National Nature Reserve, Bury Saint Edmunds, England, IP28 6TB

Time: 10am-12pm

Distance: Approximately 2.5 miles

Meeting Point: We will meet in the parking area on the south corner of the heath. The postcode IP28 6TB will take you to the Purple Pantry Farm Shop. From here, follow the road (The Green) north east away from Tuddenham towards Cavenham Heath. After approximately 0.7 miles you will find the parking area on your left, marked with Brecks Outdoor Festival signage.

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Age: 18+

Tickets: Fully funded with thanks to the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Booking required. Book now here:



Further Information:

Accessibility: This walk will take place on Cavenham Heath, which has uneven sandy ground. The route may be muddy or narrow in places. Unfortunately this route is not suitable for wheelchairs. If you have any concerns about accessibility, please contact the BFER Team via:

(E) (T) 01473 265600

Facilities: There are no toilet facilities on this route, but cafes and pubs are located nearby in the village of Tuddenham, including the Purple Pantry.

What to wear/bring: Please wear sturdy closed toe footwear suitable for walking on uneven or muddy ground. Please dress appropriately for the weather, with sun/rain protection. You may wish to bring a bottle of water.

Dogs: Well behaved dogs on leads are permitted

Transport: Free parking is available at the meeting point. The closest bus stop is located at The Green, Tuddenham. This is approximately 20 minutes walking distance from the event start point. For timetable information, visit the website.