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.
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?
Would it be possible to hold a small gathering for my birthday in the woods? Would we have to speak to someone?
Forestry Commission Response
Please contact the office on the number shown on the right.
Kurt , 28/Dec/2015
Does any one know if we can build moutain bike trails in the woods as I would like to
5 StarsJen, 16/Nov/2015
We found these woods whilst staying nearby last year and are going back today. I had meant to comment on its accessibility as I use an electric wheelchair- the ground is mostly flat and whilst a manual wheelchair might struggle with some of the gravelly parts and a few small tree roots etc, my chair got around just fine! It's all flat, no steep slopes (partly why we chose Norfolk to stay!) and the ground is relatively even. Our dog loved it and we're looking forward to seeing the beautiful trees again. The beauty of this place is that it is so untouched- quiet, calm, no coffee carts or modern conveniences to taint the views, just peaceful countryside- and long may it stay that way!