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Explore Bacton Woods
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.5/5)

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.

Details of the current work in the forest is here

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

What do other visitors say?

3 Stars 3 Stars

Bacton woods is absolutely great, loads of walking trails and a lot of singletrack for cyclists to explore, its just such a shame the mountain bike trails are not marked and maintained as there is so much potential at bacton with the type of terrain which is there and most trails are there, they just need to be marked and the only other really good mtb spot in Norfolk is Thetford which is flatter than Bacton but still this is a great forest to go to.

Anonymous, 31/Aug/2018
3 Stars 3 Stars

Having previously lived in the forest of Dean, it was lovely to be in a woodland area again, my only issue of note would be that the way markers are a little inadequate in places.

Dan, 28/Jun/2018

Thank you for letting us know. we will see what can be done working with our local partner who helps us manage the wood

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

We visit regularly with children and it still amazes me that people don't pick up after their dogs. There can also be litter, which we pick up as we usually have a bag with us. Some people just don't deserve to have beautiful woodland to enjoy. Would waste bins help, even if they look out of place....? Sad but true.

S Harris, 23/Oct/2017
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Last updated: 10th July 2018

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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • Dogs on lead
  • Horse riding
  • Orienteering
  • Walking
  • Parking
  • Off of the B1159 between Bacton & North Walsham
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: TG318312

Get directions


East England Forest District Office

0300 067 4500

Opening & Parking

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

Related documents

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification certifiedForest Stewardship Council certified

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.