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Santon Downham Orange Walk
(Average user rating: 3 unrated 3/5)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Easy

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

There is a short cut, but 5 miles

Trail is currently open

Partially open please adhere all warning signs

Trail description

The Orange Walk can be started from St Helens Picnic Site or from Santon Downham and offers the walker a variety of habitats and many opportunities for wildlife watching.

The walk passes through the Little Ouse Valley Forest Nature Reserve, crosses the river and takes the walker through the edge of Santon Downham village.

What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Parked at Santon Downham to do the Little Ouse walk but ended up doing some of that and some of St Edmunds walk. We had a great day and covered just over ten miles, will definitely be coming back to Thetford Forest, next time with an ordnance survey explorer map i think.

Rich & Fiona Arthurs, 8/Oct/2016

Glad you enjoyed your long walk. We will be putting in extra waymarkers and arrows to make the orange walk route clearer this winter so hopefully next time you'll enjoy the whole trail. Let us know how you get on.

Forestry Commission Response
2 Stars 2 Stars

No idea where the orange signs are, parked at St Helens and could not see one orange directional sign, went for a run anyway but had no idea where we were going. Are there still signs marking out where to go as we were very disappointed

Anonymous, 16/May/2016

The Orange Trail at St. Helen's is marked out with wooden waymarker posts. These have been checked and are all in place. You can also download a map of the orange trail if you click on "Explore St Helen's" lower down the page in the right hand side bar under pdf downloads.

Forestry Commission Response

I think this is the trail I cycled with my husband and young daughter 7 years ago. (Gentle incline track on the right after the railway line-upon heading away from SD car park). Last year 2013 I wanted to walk it with a friend, it was closed and again this year. Please update details when this changes as I'm looking forward to coming back. Are there any other similar length waymarked trails around the area? I am used to reading OS maps however once almost got lost with a friend due to multitude of unofficial tracks which can be very confusing. Common sense prevailed but worrying for a while none the less. Thank you.

Sarah, 14/May/2014

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