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Explore Shouldham Warren
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 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?

Hi is it safe to take dogs here. I understand certain parts of woodland have the fungus very harm to dogs.

Marc, 5/Dec/2016

Thank you for your enquiry. There are a number of illnesses that dog owners should be vigilant for when walking in the countryside such as Blastomycosis, Seasonal Canine Illness and ticks . As far as we are aware Shouldham Warren poses no more higher risk that any other woodland. If any cases are reported to us we normally post it on the Thetford Forest Facebook page so the information can be shared.

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How do I get to the car park?

Amy, 22/Aug/2016

Directions are provided on the Shouldham web page on the right hand side of the page.

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When the works start on Shouldham Warren on 04.03.16 will the Shouldham Warren car park be open? Also will we be able to walk along the dykes?

Susie, 2/Mar/2016

You can find all the details of the work at Shouldham here Please observe all Forestry Warning Notices. The car park should be open.

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Last updated: 2nd March 2017

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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

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Dawn to Dusk
Off of the A134

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