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Cycle and MTB Trails at High Lodge, Thetford Forest

Mountain bikingWhether you've just bought your first bike, or you're happy shredding through rock gardens, High Lodge, Thetford Forest offers a fantastic opportunity for natural cycling.

1. Young cyclists and family trails

Learn to ride your bike in the forest! Cycling in the forest is one of the safest and most relaxing ways to pick up confidence and develop cycling skills.

The Green graded Shepherd Trail is a quiet family and beginner friendly trail which offers wide-open trails on predominately good surfaces. If you're looking for a fantastic woodland ride for the whole family, look no further!

2. Cross Country & Mountain Biking

Ready for a challenge of fitness, technique and skill? Craving your next adrenaline fix? Our mountain bike routes will spoil you for choice.

  • The Blue Poacher Trail is no longer waymarked from High Lodge, as this trail will be solely based in the Brandon block. However there are  waymarkers directing cyclists to Brandon Country Park and back to High Lodge.
  • The Blue Beater Trail is a great mixture of terrain; fast flowing single track with gentle open areas. This smile-inducing trail takes you through beautiful beech woods and weaves in and out of peaceful pine plantations.
  • The Red Lime Burner Trail provides the chance to hone your riding skills with crests and dips, bomb holes and singletrack. 'The Beast' towards the end of the trail is a fantastic roller coaster ride of ups, downs and tight corners, perfect if you are looking for an adrenaline rush.
  • The Black 'Mountain Bike Pits', found at various locations throughout the forest, offer a severe technical challenge for the most confident of mountain bikers.

The Cycle Development team has been meeting to improve the transition of putting ideas into practise, involving all the main stakeholders. Over recent years the group have vastly improved sections of the trail network.

3. Facilities, events, and things to look out for

  • Print the latest 2017 cycle map before you go. Also available for £1 at the High Lodge Information Point.
  • Please be aware that the route of the Lime Burner trail on the new cycle map  contains some sections of trail that are yet to be built, so please check the latest cycle diversion map (available from the Information Point) before setting out.
  • Drop by the café for a post-ride coffee and food, found at the High Lodge main building.
  • Shop and hire bikes from our excellent local bike shop Bike Art. Bike Art is open 7 days per week and only closed on Christmas Day.
  • Toilets are available inside the Café and also outside, where there is 24 hour provision. Both have fully accessible facilities.



Beater Trail
  • Moderate
Mostly singletrack winding between the trees. More challenging than the Shepherd and Poacher trails. For aspiring cyclists who like a challenge, not suitable for those under 12 years old.
Lime Burner Trail
  • Hard
Narrow difficult trails with varied surfaces. Very steep rises and descents. High levels of skill, endurance and off-road knowledge with high endurance fitness required. Not recommended for those under 16 years old.
Poacher Trail
  • Moderate
Open trail with a variable surface. Experienced cycling skills and good fitness required.
Shepherd Trail
  • Easy
A quiet family cycle trail for beginners, offering wide open forest roads. Suitable for bikes with tagalongs, trailers and child seats.
Last updated: 10th July 2018

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