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Heathland and mature pines at Two Mile Bottom in Thetford forest. East Anglia FDThetford Forest is the UK's largest man made lowland forest with 18,730 hectares to explore.  It's patchwork of pines, heathland and broadleaves provide the ideal setting for a great day out, and a welcome refuge for a rich variety of animal and plant life.

The forest covers a huge area with many different places to visit offering a range attractions from the exciting outdoor play facilities at High Lodge, the history and heritage of Mildenhall Warren and Lynford Arboretum and the peace and tranquility of the walks around St Helen's.  Select Places to Visit in Thetford Forest from the side menu to find out more.


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Business Opportunity

There are currently opportunities to operate mobile catering vans at selected forest car parks around East District including Thetford Forest.  Please contact for an Invitation to Tender pack.

Consultation for Brandon and Elveden Forest Plan

We are currently consulting on the Forest Plan for Diddlington which is a block on the edge of Thetford Forest where you can visit High Ash.  If you would like to provide any feedback please go to Brandon & Elveden Forest Plan 2017 -27

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What do other visitors say?

Wondering if it's a strict no-running policy on the cycling paths. Anything that's more challenging in terms of trail running is very far for me, so I was hoping if I was keeping to the side (and my wits about me) that I might be able to run part of it? Thank you!

Anonymous, 13/May/2018
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Hiya, enquiring in which part of Thetford forest you would have more chance if seeing a red deer /stag, keen photographer and would like to set up for the day in one part of Thetford forest, I'm guessing dusk and Dawn best times to.

s Donovan, 6/May/2018

Hi ,I recently purchased a metal detector and would just like to know if its okay to detect in the forest? Not in the high lodge area but lynford stag area and/or Santon Downham obviously will be respectful of the surroundings and will fill in any small holes made. Cheers

Anonymous, 23/Apr/2018

Thank you for contacting us about metal detecting. Unfortunately metal detecting is not permitted anywhere on the Public Forest Estate. There are a number of sensitive and protected heritage sites located around the forest where metal detecting would disturb archaeology and flora.

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Last updated: 11th May 2018

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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • Easy Access
  • Educational
  • Forest drive
  • Horse riding
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • Walking
  • Wildlife
  • Arboreta
  • Collection of Tree at Lynford Arboretum
  • Arts
  • Forest art at High Lodge, Thetford Forest.
  • Barbeque
  • Bookable at High Lodge, Thetford Forest.
  • Cafe
  • Run by business partner Churchill Catering Ltd.
  • Camping
  • At Little Lodge Farm close to High Lodge
  • Cycling Hire
  • From Bike Art
  • Cycle wash
  • At Bike Art
  • Dogs on lead
  • See out Dogs web pages
  • Fire
  • If you see a fire call 999 then inform the Forestry Commission
  • Hi-Rope
  • See Go Ape.
  • Information
  • The High Lodge, Information Point (HLIP) will answer any question you have while on site.
  • Prehistoric
  • Wareen Lodges at Rishbeth & Mildenhall Woods.
  • Orienteering
  • Maps can be purchased at Info Point at High Lodge Thetford Forest
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Site Entry Fee charged at High Lodge, Thetford Forest.
  • Segway
  • See Go Ape.
  • Visitor centre
  • Run by business partner Churchill Catering Ltd.
  • Toliets
  • All ability toilets and baby changing at High Lodge, Thetford Forest.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: TL815877
Postcode: IP27 0TJ

Get directions


Nicky Russell

0300 067 4546

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Dawn to Dusk
Site Entry Fee charged at High Lodge, Thetford Forest.
Discovery Pass
Available for use at High Lodge, Thetford Forest for 55 a year.

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