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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I have to pay to visit High Lodge?

The cost of running High Lodge is considerable.  The contribution customers make helps us to build and maintain the facilities, which in turn allows us to provide walking and cycling trails, play equipment, to recycle the refuse, stage concerts and provide education visits for schools.

Currently, the Pay-On-Foot barrier system, is the most cost effective way of raising income to support the site.   Strictly speaking customers are required to pay to access the site by vehicle (see terms and conditions).  

Accessing the site by cycle, foot or motorcycle is free.

What do I get for my money?

  • Access to over 50 pieces of play equipment
  • 10 miles of walking trails
  • All ability facilities
  • Ranger service – first aid/lost children etc
  • Access to 10,000 Ha of ‘free to roam’ Forest
  • Use of the Forest Drive to access the site
  • 24hr toilets
  • 35 miles of cycle trails
  • Picnic facilities
  • Car Parks
  • Orienteering trail
  • Access to Bike Art, Go-Ape!, Go Forest Segways!, Battlefield Live and other temporary additional attractions at peak times of the year.

I’m happy to pay to visit High Lodge but I don’t think the Forestry Commission puts enough money into facilities?

The annual cost of running High Lodge is nearly £2 million. All of the facilities and services on offer are expensive to install, run and maintain. For example, the landscaping improvements in and around the Information Point and Cafe cost in the region of £470,000 in 2013.

Why do you not offer concessions for blue badge holders?

We believe that the current tariff already provides outstanding value for money for all. 

Are there any cheaper ways to visit High Lodge?

Yes, for example visiting High Lodge Thetford Forest by CAR using a Discovery Pass can cost you less than £1.10 per visit, if you visit the site on a weekly basis.

Tell us what you think about our services and  facilities.     
Please fill out a comment card, which is available from the High Lodge Information Point.

For more information please visit or High Lodge Information Point.

25th March 2013


Last updated: 29th February 2016

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