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Explore Santon Downham
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.5/5)

Forestry Commission staff based at Santon Downham East England September 2010

The Forestry Commission's East England Office, which is the administrative centre of the district, is based in Santon Downham.

Much of the land here originally belonged to the Santon Downham estate, which was at one time owned by Charles Sloane (later Lord Cadogan ).

An impressive avenue of Limes line the Thetford road to the village. Local information and leaflets are available at the East England office reception.


What do other visitors say?

Hi. My 5 year old would love to catch a fish in a net (he will return it promptly, of course).

Is santon Downham suitable for this?

Anonymous, 23/May/2017
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We did a 5 mile walk around Santon Downham last Saturday which we enjoyed. We were glad the toilets were open, but notice on the website they are only open seasonally. Presumably this was because of Christmas. On Monday 16 January we are leading our walking group (possibly 25-30) on a walk. Will the loos be open? Is there any possibility they could be please?

Alison and John Baines, 3/Jan/2017

We're glad you enjoyed the walk around Santon Downham. The toilets in the car park at Santon Downham will be open. There is also a toilet at St Helen's picnic site just down the road but this is closed until April.

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Can you tell me who I would need to contact to get some trees cut which are in the river near Santon. Yesterday, canoeing we encountered four trees right across the river and one which it was impossible to pass. We had to porter three big canoes with children around it and it was very very dangerous situation. Thanks

Diana Smith, 18/Sep/2016

You would need to contact the Environment Agency. At present trees are left as they provide important habitat for wildlife and improve the water quality by speeding up and slowing down the flow of the water.

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Last updated: 28th February 2017

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What's Here?

  • Bus Stop
  • Cycling
  • Dogs on lead
  • Picnic
  • Walking
  • Toliets
  • 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'.
  • Information
  • Information is available form the Forestry Commission Office open daily from 09:00-16:00
  • Parking
  • In the village off of the B1107
  • Shop
  • The Santon Downham village shop is open Mon-Fri 09:00-16:00
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: TL815877
Postcode: IP27 0TJ

Get directions


Nicky Russell

0300 067 4546

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Dawn to Dusk
In the village off of the B1107

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