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|Thetford Forest Fir Trail|
|Author: Claire, Published: 04 May 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3.5 mile circular trail through Thetford Forest on the border of Suffolk and Norfolk. The trail takes you deep into the forest to enjoy the wide variety of fir species planted throughout the forest. Along the way you’re likely to see plenty of wildlife including squirrels, rabbits and deer (much to the delight of our dog!) and there is also an opportunity for younger family members to enjoy the giant play sculptures. |
The walk is relatively flat with just a few steady slopes and the woodland tracks will be muddy after wet weather and in winter. There are no stiles or gates and the route is waymarked to help you find your way. There is a cafe and toilet facilities at the start of the walk. The visitor centre can get very busy at peak times but once you’re out into the forest it soon becomes peaceful again. Approximate time 1.5 hours.
The walk starts from the Adder Car Park at the High Lodge Centre in Thetford Forest. The High Lodge Centre is accessed from the B1107, with brown signs for the Forest Centre. The access lane is one-way with barriers for payment, so if you are using a Sat Nav make sure it doesn’t take you in via the exit. The car park is pay on exit (pay stations take cash and cards). When we visited in April 2012 the cost was £1.90 per hour. Approximate post code IP27 0AF.
|Adder Car Park to Woodland Path|
Start point: 52.4353 lat, 0.6619 long
From the Adder Car Park, head towards the tall totem pole (which is in fact a bore demonstrating the strata of the ground below), pass between the toilet block and parking pay station, and then fork left to head towards the main lodge centre. Keep right to pass to the right of the lodge centre and the Go Ape facility. Bear right to pass through the small picnic area and continue with the Go Ape high wire obstacles in the trees to your left.
|Woodland Path to Stone Track|
Start point: 52.4323 lat, 0.6591 long
Turn left here as directed by the yellow arrow. Follower this narrower stone track winding into the trees. Follow the yellow arrows to zigzag right and then left. You will pass by the rabbit giant play sculpture on the right hand side. A little further on follow the main track as it bends left and then continues along a long straight section with tall pine trees to the left and shorter denser planting to the right.
|Stone Track to Fenced Enclosure|
Start point: 52.4262 lat, 0.6604 long
Turn right onto the wide stone track, and then after about 100 yards, turn left onto a grass path with thick gorse to the right. Follow the path as it gradually bends to the right. The path continues straight for a long section and then narrows as it bends to the left. Go ahead as it crosses a stone track to continue on a narrow path into the trees. After a few paces the path bends sharp left through a glade area, and then crosses another stone track before continuing into the trees.
|Fenced Enclosure to Cycle Path|
Start point: 52.4231 lat, 0.6753 long
Turn right onto the stone track and then almost immediately, turn left to continue with the fenced enclosure on the left. As the enclosure ends continue straight ahead to cross a narrow cycle path with a staggered fence on the right. To the right here is an area of mixed woodland – a contrast to the pine plantations that most of the walk has explored.
|Cycle Path to Adder Car Park|
Start point: 52.4305 lat, 0.6707 long
Turn left to merge with the stone cycle track, taking care to look out for cyclists. Follow the stone track for some distance until you meet a major crossroads with a sign for High Lodge on the right. Continue on the yellow route straight ahead.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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