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?
Louis Sacksen, 10/Feb/2016
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?
4 StarsAndrew & Co., 28/Jul/2014
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.
EDDIE HOLDEN, 18/Jan/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 , www.weather sticks Canada , yes balsam fir , (abies balsamea)