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Explore Bacton Woods
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.8/5)

Bacton Wood - Beech Ave Red and Blue route

The original woodland included Sessile Oaks and two of these, which are thought to be over 200 years old, still remain. There are now over 30 species of tree in the wood including Scots and Corsican Pine, Western Hemlock, Douglas Fir and Larch.


The car park is located on a minor road two and a half miles north of North Walsham. It is a wonderful place to start your discovery of the woods whether on foot, cycle or horseback. Orienteering is also available.  There are three waymarked walks denoted by colour routed posts. Select Bacton Wood Trails from the left hand side menu for more information.

Forest Management

Bacton Woods is managed sustainably for people, wildlife and timber.  Currently the wood is being thinned, which is where some trees are felled to allow the healthy growth of the remaining trees.  You might see painted dots appearing on the trees which are there to help forest workers know where to work and what to fell.

The felled tress are not wasted and are used in many different ways from firewood to fencing posts.  Forest operations can be messy and the forest will look different for a while but it wont be long before the forest flora responds to the new light flooding in.

Forest Safety: During forest operations please obey warning signs to keep you and forest workers safe in the forest.

What do other visitors say?

I understand the need to thin the trees, but I notice a large area on the east side of the wood has been almost completely cleared. What is the reason for this and is this area going to be re-planted?

Anonymous, 26/Nov/2016

The trees were felled as they were diseased with honey fungu; so it was a sanity felling operation the area.

Forestry Commission Response
1 Star 1 Star

We love Bacton Woods - normally.

I had lost my map so went on line to download a new one. After 20 minutes I gave up. Having diverted for two road closures in N. Walsham we arrived at the wood to fin that effectively the whole wood was closed.

Isn't anybody on your staff competent to put relevant notices on line?!

How long is the tree felling to continue and can we expect an on line notice when the wood is fully open again??

Colin Woodgett, 2/Nov/2016

Details of the closure are online with a map and the work is expected to continue to the New Year.

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

Lovely space to walk the dogs but absolutely diabolical signage. Not only is it difficult to find your way round the supposedly marked circular routes but there are no back to the car park signs either. Ended up just wandering around hoping to stumble across the car park

Andrea, 10/Sep/2016
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Last updated: 28th November 2016

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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • Dogs on lead
  • Horse riding
  • Orienteering
  • Walking
  • Parking
  • Off of the B1159 between Bacton & North Walsham
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OS Grid ref: TG318312

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East England Forest District Office

0300 067 4500

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Dawn to Dusk
Off of the B1159 between Bacton & North Walsham
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