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Desert Rats memorial at High Ash in Thetford forest. East Anglia FD

The Cromwell tank marks the entrance to the forest.

This tank is a memorial to the 7th Armoured Division, known as the Desert Rats, who were based here during World War II.

The easy access route has interpretation boards explaining the history of the Desert Rats and their time in this area prior to D-Day. From this walk it is possible to locate the positions of some of the buildings from the army camp.

Harvesting Operations

We are currently harvesting timber in the area around High Ash.  This is a part of the sustainable management of the forest benefiting wildlife and producing British timber.  Please obey all signage for your safety and the safety of staff.

For more information and a map showing the harvesting area please visit our Forest Operations in East District web page

What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Pleasant walk with my children and dog. Having picked up after him and couldn't find a bin which was a shame - maybe other dog owners would pick up after there dogs more, we have a few near hits :-( which was a shame.

Anonymous, 6/Mar/2016

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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 A1065
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: TL813967
Postcode: IP26 5BX

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Nicky Russell

0300 067 4546

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Dawn to Dusk
Off of the A1065

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