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Explore Shouldham Warren
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.7/5)

 An undulating site on the edge of the fens with two healthy woodland walks. Remnants of an historic spring on top of the hill are indicated by a Rhododendron avenue, there is also a World War II rifle butt close to the entrance.

At the Black Drain good views over Tall Herb Fen to the North acrosss the River Nar.

Good Autumn colours.

Horse Riding

Shouldham woods are owned by the Stow Estate but managed by the Forestry Commission, following recent discussions with Stow Estate regarding access within Shouldham Woods, the area known as Shouldham Warren will now have the same access rights as the rest of Thetford Forest.  Walking, Cycling and horseriding with be managed under the open access policy and Carriage Driving will be managed under a permit system. 

The area known as Shouldham Sinks does not have the same access rights and therefore does not have an open access policy on it.


What do other visitors say?

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Today at around 2:30 there were two dirt motorbikes travelling at considerable speed from the car park through the forest paths and along the dykes where dog-walkers and families with children were walking. They had no consideration for other forest users and endangered everyone's lives.

Anonymous, 29/Aug/2017

Motorbikes are allowed to use Byways Open to all Traffic (BOATs) which are marked on OS Maps. The Harling Drove and Icknield Way are 2 BOATs that run through Thetford Forest. However, motorbikes are not allowed to use the forest rides or trails. Please call the police on 101 if bikes are encountered driving recklessly on the wrong track. They will need a bike registration and the location you have spotted them.

Forestry Commission Response

Could a small part of shouldam Warren be available for the likes of quad biking/dirt bikes?

Jas , 30/Jul/2017

Thank you for your enquiry. Shouldham Warren is a leasehold woodland. The Forestry Commission manage it for timber but don't own it. There are other sites in Thetford Forest were you can take your bike. Hit the Dirt (Swaffham) and the Hockham Junior Motorbike Club run club events.

Forestry Commission Response

I hope that you will not permit the running of HUSKY SLEDS within Shouldham forest. This which would disturb Nature even more than single dogs might, and destroy peoples' need for tranquillity in woodlands. There are too many dogs in UK and people without dogs are a supressed minority. Most of us love dogs, especially for a special house-companion for single people. In UK and a few other lands excessive numbers of dogs are obtained on implulse as an indulgence, crutch, or status symbol; almost carelessly. Google "Hydatid disease"to view serious reason why dogs ought be licensed.

( dog-borne parasite causes life-threatening growths in humans rarely spoken about)

HUMAN, 17/Jun/2017
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Last updated: 25th September 2017

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What's Here?

  • Dogs on lead
  • Walking
  • Horse riding
  • The Forestry Commission has a Open Access policy for horse riding. As a consequence there are very few way-marked trails in the forest. O.S.Explorer map 229 shows areas owned by the Forestry Commission and open to the public to ride. Deboxing areas can be found at the east end of the Harling Drove (FR23) and north of the railway line at Santon Downham. The areas north of the railway line are best suited to horse riding as this is away from the concentration of visitors using High Lodge and the cycling trails. Please observe all signs especially those relating to 'Forest Operation'.
  • Parking
  • Off of the A134
  • Picnic
  • You are welcome to picnic here but please do not BBQ.
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OS Grid ref: TF678099

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Nicky Russell

0300 067 4546

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Opening Times:
Dawn to Dusk
Off of the A134

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