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Lakenham Way

This is a public footpath that leads from Sandy Lane in Lakenham to the Sainsbury's store in Queens Road. It features here not so much for its dragonflies (Common Darter and Migrant Hawker are the only two recorded), but because it is a convenient way back into town from many of the reserves mentioned here, with its own natural history highlights.


Coming from Coopers Wood LNR or the Damselfly Walk, walk up Sandy Lane towards Hall Road until you pass under the railway bridge. The entrance to the walk is immediately to the right, up a slope back towards the railway line.

The first point of interest is the banks at the beginning. These have been sown with wildflower seed and make a splendid display with Vipers Bugloss, Red and White Campion, Toadflax and Ox-eye Daisy amongst others. These in turn attract an impressive array of butterflies - Comma, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Tortoishell, Peacock, Small Skipper, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue and Red Admiral.

The next section affords ample chances to admire the frequently-spotted shopping trolley in its natural habitat - face down in a ditch, (although a visit in Autumn will be rewarded with large quantities of blackberries) before we come under the first bridge and into the wooded section. Here the steep sided banks rear up on both sides, affording good views of various small birds - green and gold finches as wells as sparrows, wrens, starlings and blackbirds before arriving at the end and the chance of a cup of tea at sainsburys cafe.


From Sainsburys you could turn right, follow Queens road into Brackendale, cross the roundabout into Trowse and then take the damselfly walk, which will bring you right back to where you started making a nice circular walk. Or explore the delights of Trowse flower meadow, Trowse Church LNR, Whitlingham Wood, Whitlingham Great Broad, and Whitlingham marsh.
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