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Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Length of trail:

11 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

(Formerly known as the Red cycle route)

A great mixture of terrain; fast flowing single track with gentle open areas. This smile inducing trail takes you through beautiful beech woods and weaves in and out of peaceful pine plantations. (Not recommended for under 12's).

Download our z fold cycling guide map (PDF) . Maps are available to purchase from the High Lodge Information Point and the cost is £1. 

What do other visitors say?

2 Stars 2 Stars

The fun parts of the beater trail have all now been closed or have diversions on them, with no explanation as to why.

To be honest I don't really like the flat stone resurfacing that has been done to a lot of the trails in the forest (it takes away from the hardpack that thetford used to be well known for, but understand that some areas needed weatherproofing. But these sections were just beginning to get fun with a layer of forest debris over them and now they've closed them and regarded the trail.

We need more trails waymarked to spread usage over a greater number.

Ben , 4/Aug/2017
3 Stars 3 Stars

Beater Trail now "blue"?

Anonymous, 15/Jul/2017

Yes the Beater trail is now graded as blue because we have been changing waymarkers to reflect national guidance. New cycle trail maps are available to buy or download.

Forestry Commission Response

The trails are better now it's dried up but thanks to the recent forestry cull of large swathes of trees, there are now a lot of very desolate areas. It won't be long before there's no forest left at this rate and huge areas now resemble the Somme. The timing of the logging has meant that some of the best areas are not available to cyclists which could have been better timed for half-term.

RON F, 6/Apr/2017

The area around High Lodge is a working forest. Forestry operations are planned far in advance in areas where there is busy public access to minimise the impact of diversions.

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What's Here?

  • Cycling


OS Grid ref: TL807864
Postcode: IP27 0AF

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