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(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

Forestry Commission staff based at Santon Downham East England September 2010

The Forestry Commission's East England Office, which is the administrative centre of the district, is based in Santon Downham.

Much of the land here originally belonged to the Santon Downham estate, which was at one time owned by Charles Sloane (later Lord Cadogan ).

An impressive avenue of Limes line the Thetford road to the village. Local information and leaflets are available at the East England office reception.


What do other visitors say?

Just walked my dog in the forest near East Harling and I counted 64 warning signs relating to forest operations. At least a dozen instructions and warnings I counted. Why not just ONE notice: Forest operations: all visitors use common sense please! I wonder how many individuals got hurt or killed prior to the impact of the Health and Safety regulations?

Louis Sacksen, 10/Feb/2016
4 Stars 4 Stars

A lovely place to be, great for walking the dogs and letting the children have a great time splashing about in the river. I understand the risks concerning fires in around woodlands, but surely BBQ's placed on the former concrete seating areas lessens the risk.

Andrew & Co., 28/Jul/2014

I have a weather stick from CANADA of the BALSAM FIR TREE , now are they in ENGLAND and do you grow them at THETFOED FORESTS as I would like some seeds off them as when they die or get blown down and dried out bark removed off the small branches they make perfect weather sticks they are down for rain up for fine weather , just bring up , sticks Canada , yes balsam fir , (abies balsamea)

EDDIE HOLDEN, 18/Jan/2014
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Last updated: 10th March 2016

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What's Here?

  • Bus Stop
  • Cycling
  • Dogs on lead
  • Picnic
  • Walking
  • Toliets
  • Horse riding
  • The Forestry Commission has a Open Access policy for horse riding. As a consequence there are very few way-marked trails in the forest. O.S.Explorer map 229 shows areas owned by the Forestry Commission and open to the public to ride. Deboxing areas can be found at the east end of the Harling Drove (FR23) and north of the railway line at Santon Downham. The areas north of the railway line are best suited to horse riding as this is away from the concentration of visitors using High Lodge and the cycling trails. Please observe all signs especially those relating to 'Forest Operation'.
  • Information
  • Information is available form the Forestry Commission Office open daily from 09:00-16:00
  • Parking
  • In the village off of the B1107
  • Shop
  • The Santon Downham village shop is open Mon-Fri 09:00-16:00
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: TL815877
Postcode: IP27 0TJ

Get directions


Nicky Russell

0300 067 4546

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Dawn to Dusk
In the village off of the B1107

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