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Explore Great Hockham
(Average user rating: unrated unrated)

A family picnicing in the forest 

Hockham is a pleasant picnic site away from the main forest but easily accessible. 

Full of history

In the eastern area of the Brecklands, drier sandy soils are replaced by clays. Here, during the last Ice Age, retreating glaciers left damp hummocks and hollows, distinctive features of the landscape which are known as pingos.  The northern part of the wood connects, through Cranberry Rough (an area of important wildlife value) into the Great Eastern Pingo Trail.

What do other visitors say?

Lovely area but shame about some areas being excluded from horse riders. Gates that cannot be opened on horseback. Plus wire close to ground which is a trip hazard to all users around woods near campsite

Anonymous, 7/Dec/2016

I have been walking in the forest for many years and although it is generally a pleasant experience I find that where tree felling etc. has been carried out the tracks and walkways are left in a terrible condition making it nearly impossible to walk on them.There is no remedial work done on the paths which I feel is a very poor reflection on the Forestry Commission especially as some of these paths are PUBLIC FOOTPATHS.

Paul Beaton, 21/Mar/2016

Thank you for your feedback on Great Hockham and we're glad to hear you enjoy walking there. After forest operations have finished trails should be reinstated back to a useable condition. Sometimes this can take a little while as the machinery may not be available straight away or weather conditions might not be ideal. Please use the contact details on the right hand side of the page to let us know if there is a particular section of trail you would like to make us aware of.

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Last updated: 10th July 2018

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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 A1075
  • Picnic
  • You are welcome to picnic here but please do not BBQ.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: TL938919

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Nicky Russell

0300 067 4546

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Dawn to Dusk
Off of the A1075

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