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(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.5/5)

Latest News (29/10/2014 11:27)

Visit the High Lodge Cafe for Halloween half term fun on Fri 31st October 2.30-3.30pm. The Cafe will be scarily decorated and there's spooky food available. Activities will include face painting, lucky dip and a children's entertainer. Make sure you come in costume for the Best Dressed Monster competition. Free entry - small charge payable for some activities. The Face Painter will also be in High Lodge Cafe on Wed 29/10 and Sat 1/11/14 (10:00-16:00).

Enjoy a forest adventure at High Lodge Thetford Forest. Unwind with beautiful forest trails or try the excitement of our bike trails, Go Ape and adventure play.

Gruffalo’s Child Trails Gruffalo's child Trail at High Lodge

Our new self led Gruffalo's child trail opened on 3rd October 2014. You can buy your activity pack from High Lodge Information Point for £2. The Gruffalo is still waiting for you to find him in the dark wood near the play area. For more info visit You can also watch the Gruffalo's Big Day Out.

Multi-user trail survey

So that everyone can enjoy the forest, we are planning a well surfaced multi-user trail which will explore archaelogy, wildlife and trees. We need your views to help us shape this project.

Log onto our online survey or ask at High Lodge Information Point for a paper copy.

   Pump Track

Pump trail open poster

Our cycle volunteer group TIMBER and the Forestry Commission are proud to announce our new pump track is now open. This cycling facility incorporates a closed loop of rolling features and tightly bermed corners.

High Lodge Today 

For the latest site information and customer offers. Find details of the harvesting programme that is now underway on site.

Planning your visit

Site Entry fee information and facilities on site.

Trails for everyone

We have some beautiful walks for you to enjoy. Discover the wildlife, uncover the history and wander through the forest on one of our waymarked trails.

Amazing bike trails   

Explore Thetford Forest by bike. Wide, open trails for complete beginners as well as miles of flowing single track for more adventurous types.

Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure

Enjoy the classic Go Ape experience in the trees or explore the forest on an epic all-terrain segway. Take a look and book at our Go Ape page.

Play and Learning

 Amazing play equipment, opportunities for learning and how to join our team of volunteers.

Food and drink

The Café serves fresh, seasonal, hot and cold food and drinks throughout the year. It is open everyday, (excluding Christmas Day) - seasonal opening times apply. Call 01842 814042 for more info. The Pantry and Ice Cream Parlour may also be open during the holidays and peak times, subject to customer demand.

Events and activities

Plan your visit to coincide with our additional attractions being on site at weekends and school holidays, subject to customer demand. Call 01842 815434 to check.

Volunteering opportunities

Enjoy the forest, learn new skills and meet new people. Get stuck in and help make the forest a fantastic place for people and wildlife. We currently have a range of volunteering opportunities at High Lodge and in the wider Thetford Forest area.

Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure Enjoy the classic Go Ape experience in the trees (including an adventure for Tiny Tarzans) or explore the forest on an all-terrain segway.
Take a look and book at our Go Ape page.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Had a wonderful day yesterday riding the Lime Burner and Beater Trails. Autumn sunshine in a beautiful forest is hard to beat. We are so lucky to have such a place nearby. Thank you!

William Brown, 28/Sep/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

very well layed out cycle trails really enjoyed the day

will be coming back end of November to have another go

hope the weather stays reasonable dry

see you soon

Aging kent man still with sum go in he"s legs, 15/Sep/2014


I am looking to book a GCSE PE group to take part in mountain biking. I am hoping that they could do it as part of their GCSE course. The criteria for mounatin biking states that they need to ride a black course, which I believe you have?

Is it possible that you could email me some details regarding your mountain biking facilities such as the possibility of hiring bikes, other equipement that may be needed, the use of an instructor and any related costs?

Tom West, 10/Sep/2014

We don't have a black graded cycle trail now, as the Beater trail and Lime Burner trail are both graded as red trails. The cycle trail map can be downloaded from the Trails section of our website. Cycle hire is available from Bike Art and they can also provide guided cycle rides. Please call 01842 810090 to discuss.

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Last updated: 10/27/2014

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What's Here?

  • Arts
  • Barbeque
  • Cafe
  • Cycling
  • Cycling Hire
  • Cycle wash
  • Dogs on lead
  • Easy Access
  • Educational
  • First aid
  • Forest drive
  • Hi-Rope
  • Information
  • Orienteering
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Play area
  • Segway
  • Walking
  • Visitor centre
  • Toliets
  • One 24hr with baby changing facilities
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OS Grid ref: TL807864
Postcode: IP27 0AF

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High Lodge Thetford Forest

01842 815434

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
September - October 2014
Site:- 09:00 - 18:00*.
Information Point:-09:00 - 18:00** Week days, weekends and school holidays.
*Entrance gate closes 45 mins before this time.
** Information Point may be open longer than advertised opening times due to weather conditions and demand.
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