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Activities in Thetford Forest

Thetford Forest is a place for all, please ensure your activities respect the forest and other users at all times.

There are many different actvities and events taking place.  Some are open to everyone but a number of activities and events require a permit.   Check out the activities below to find out more.

Walking and Running

There is an ‘open access’ policy for walkers/Runners on our freehold land.  For organised activities of over 30 people a permit will be required to ensure your activities are covered by insurance and do not affect other users.  The best way to orientate yourself around Thetford Forest is through the use of the OS Explorer map 229.

Cani-X  (running with a dog attached)

There is an ‘open access’ policy for people taking part in Cani-X on our freehold land.  For organised activities of over 30 people a permit will be required to ensure your activities are covered by insurance and do not affect other users.  The best way to orientate yourself around Thetford Forest is through the use of the OS Explorer map 229. Mountain-biking with a dog attached is covered in the bike-joring section.

Mountain BikingMountain biking

There is an ‘open access’ policy for people taking part in Mountain-biking on our freehold land.  For organised activities of over 30 people a permit will be required to ensure your activities are covered by insurance and do not affect other users.  The best way to orientate yourself around Thetford Forest is through the use of the OS Explorer map 229. Mountain-biking with a dog attached is covered in the bike-joring section.

Horseriding

There is an ‘open access’ policy for people taking part in horse riding on our freehold land.  The leasehold land of Shouldham woods has been given the same ‘open access’ rights by kind permission of the landowner.   For organised activities of over 20 people a permit will be required to ensure your activities are covered by insurance and do not affect other users.  The best way to orientate yourself around Thetford Forest is through the use of the OS Explorer map 229.

CarriagPony and trap driving in the New Foreste Driving

Carriage Driving is permissive giving access to all our freehold land and Shouldham woods with kind permission from the land owners.  To obtain a permit to Carriage Drive please contact the Thetford Ranger.

Carriage Driving is permissive activity giving access to all our freehold land and Shouldham woods with kind permission from the land owners. 

Sled dog training (team of dogs attached to a rig or quad)HUSKY RACING

Sled dog training is a permissive activity and takes place at 4 locations within Thetford Forest.  It takes place early in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler for the dog to run.  If you see the sled dogs in action please allow them to pass you.  If you are walking your dog, keep them under control until the team have passed. For more information about obtaining a permit please contact the Thetford Ranger.

Bike joring (mountain-biking or scootering with a 1 or two dogs attached)

Bike Joring is a permissive activity within 1 location at Thetford Forest.  It generally occurs when temperatures are cooler for the dogs to run.  .  If you see the dogs in action please allow the dogs to pass you. If you are walking your dog, keep them under control until the team have passed. For more information about obtaining a permit please contact the Thetford Ranger.

Motorbikes

Motorbikes as groups or individuals are not allowed within Thetford Forest.  There are two locations where an area has been set aside for motorbikes, these are strictly controlled, please contact the Thetford Ranger for more information.  Motorbike usage within the forest is taken very seriously and anyone caught illegal riding can face heavy penalties.  Two Motorbike events are held within the forest during November and March to avoid the bird breeding season.  Please report anyone seen within the Forest Estate and not on a Byway Open to all Traffic to the police on 101.

Archery

This is a permissive activity, which is done at three locations within the forest.  For more information please contact the Thetford Ranger

Geocache

Requires an map submission and placement conditions to be followed. For more information please contact the Thetford Ranger

Paintballing

Paintballing is a permissive activity within one location in Thetford Forest.  For more information please contact the Thetford Ranger.

Canoe launch point

Canoes can be launched from St. Helens picnic site.

Camping

Camping is strictly not allowed within Thetford Forest.

Drones

The use of Drones is strictly forbidden within Thetford Forest.

Metal Detecting

Metal Detecting is strictly not allowed within Thetford Forest, please report anyone seen Metal detecting on the Forest Estate to the police on 101.

4 Wheeled drive Vehicles

We do sometimes give permission for vehicles to access the forest these are strictly controlled by displaying a disc of authorisation in the windscreen.  4WD’s can use Byways Open to all Traffic within the forest but must not enter the forest unless prior authority is given.

Illegal 4WD drivers in the forest can face heavy penalties.  Please notify the Thetford Ranger if you believe a vehicle has accessed illegally.   

Mushroom picking

Commercial mushroom picking is not allowed within Thetford Forest.  We do allow mushroom picking for personal consumption.  If you suspect someone is picking mushrooms for commercial purposes please notify the Thetford Ranger.

Bracken/ Moss/ Bonsai Collecting

This is strictly a permissive activity which requires a permit from the Forestry Commission.  Please contact the Thetford Ranger for more information. 

If you are thinking of running your own activity in the forest please visit our Organsing Your Own Event page.

Thetford Forest is a place for all, please ensure your activities respect the forest and other users  at all times.

 

Last updated: 12th October 2016

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