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Explore Two Mile Bottom
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Family relaxing at Two Mile Bottom in Thetford forest. East Anglia FD

The magnificent beeches lining the A134 at this site provide the setting for one of the most attractive picnic spots within the forest.

Despite its proximity to the road, the splendour of the beech canopy affords an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.

An open area next to the car park gives opportunities for those wishing to picnic or play during their stay. Here, heather and grasses add a splash of colour and interest for insects such as butterflies and bees, reminiscent of the former Breckland heaths.

Two Mile Bottom Consultation

In December and January we ran an online discussion regarding changes to the car park at Two Mile Bottom.  The consultation has now finished and we have produced a Consultation Report which summarises what action we will take based on the feedback.   

Although the online discussion is now closed the ideas and comments can still be viewed at

What do other visitors say?

2 mile Bottom, around the river area is nice but is not easy to realise there is a picnic site here even fom the road.

The rail bridge has a sign that hints that the gates may be shut at any time and this is off putting for parking.

If the car park isreduced, I hope the area is used for recreation.

Mark G, 9/Jan/2018

There should be signs to educate people to use a stick to "flick" dog poo into the undergrowth and away from footpaths. Then it can decompose naturally. People shouldn't use poo bags in threats unless they intend to take them home.

Anonymous, 31/Aug/2016

Thank you for your feedback. We will put up educational posters as you suggest.

Forestry Commission Response

Area spoilt by the families setting up camp in the car park on July 31st and August 1st. A caravan and several camper and so far. Hope it doesn't become like fire route opposite Serena turning which is now a permanent travellers village. Great shame.

Anonymous, 1/Aug/2016

Thank you for the information you have provided. Camping is not allowed in the forest and we will check out the site.

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Last updated: 10th July 2018

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What's Here?

  • Dogs on lead
  • Picnic
  • 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
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OS Grid ref: TL849873

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Nicky Russell

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Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Dawn to Dusk
Off of the A134

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