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Explore Shouldham Warren
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.5/5)

 An undulating site on the edge of the fens with two healthy woodland walks. Remnants of an historic spring on top of the hill are indicated by a Rhododendron avenue, there is also a World War II rifle butt close to the entrance.

At the Black Drain good views over Tall Herb Fen to the North acrosss the River Nar.

Good Autumn colours.

Horse Riding

Shouldham woods are owned by the Stow Estate but managed by the Forestry Commission, following recent discussions with Stow Estate regarding access within Shouldham Woods, the area known as Shouldham Warren will now have the same access rights as the rest of Thetford Forest.  Walking, Cycling and horseriding with be managed under the open access policy and Carriage Driving will be managed under a permit system. 

The area known as Shouldham Sinks does not have the same access rights and therefore does not have an open access policy on it.


What do other visitors say?

I am currently unemployed and I am actively looking for work. I love the out doors and conservation/environment is one of my passions, if there are any jobs vacancies. Would you let me know or where can I find out about vacancies.

Kind Regards

Shaun Watkinson , 6/May/2018

Are there any maps of the paths at Shouldam Warren. As a stranger I found it beautiful but confusing. I would be happy to buy the maps.

alan Lindsay, 17/Apr/2018

We don't have any walk maps but there is a waymarked walk around Shouldham Warren that you can follow. It starts from the information board near the parking area.

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

I visited the area for the first time today with my dog. It is a lovely walk and I met several friendly dog owners. However I was appalled at the amount of dog poo left along the trail. Come on fellow dog lovers leave the area clean for everyone to enjoy.

Janice, 6/Mar/2018
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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 A134
  • Picnic
  • You are welcome to picnic here but please do not BBQ.
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OS Grid ref: TF678099

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Nicky Russell

0300 067 4546

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Opening Times:
Dawn to Dusk
Off of the A134

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