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Grade of Trail:

  • Easy

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

2 miles

Trail is currently open


Family at the Desert Rats information panel at High Ash in Thetford forest. East Anglia FD

The Cromwell tank at the entrance to the forest is a memorial to the 7th Armoured Division, known as the Desert Rats, who were based here during World War II.

The easy access trail passes through the old camp. Interpretation boards explain aspects of life for the Desert Rats during their stay in Thetford Forest during 1944.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

lovely forest with so much history, lovely so much to see and do

Anonymous, 14/Apr/2014
4 Stars 4 Stars

Great walk, nice to see a walk based on WW11 remains just a shame that if your not careful you end up doing the short version and missing half of it.Oh and it would be nice to see a map of the old base.

Darren Smith, 2/Jan/2014
4 Stars 4 Stars

It would be interesting to know when the tank memorial was erected.

Anonymous, 13/Feb/2011

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OS Grid ref: TL813967
Postcode: IP26 5BX

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