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Explore Santon Downham
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 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?

Who do I report fly tipping to in the forest

Michael webb, 24/Dec/2017

Why is Santon Downham always referred to in relation to BBC Anglian Weather forecasts? Is it a Mecca for the best or worst of weather conditions in East Anglia?

Tony H, 5/Oct/2017

Santon Downham has a weather station connected to the Met Office which has been based here for over 50 years. Readings used to be taken manually and reported but now it is all automated. Santon Downham is located in the Brecks which has some of the hottest and coldest temperatures recorded. Thetford Forest, which surrounds Santon Downham, is a frost pocket with temperatures of below 0 sometimes recorded in the summer months.

Forestry Commission Response

What is happening about that disgracefull mess in the tree's at Barton-Mills ???

Peter Spence, 15/Aug/2017

Please could you let us know where about these trees are in a bit more detail. You can do this by contacting the Recreation Ranger on 0300 067 4546

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Last updated: 10th July 2018

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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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