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(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.6/5)


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.

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?

Hi. I am just wondering why all our woods and forests are in grids with wide tracks through them?

Is it so stupid people dont get lost?

Stuart, 16/Jan/2018

You are almost right. It does help forestry workers and members of the public not get lost as some forest rides have numbers and the blocks of trees have compartment numbers. It also helps us keep a record of what trees have been planted, how old they are and when they need to be harvested. Thetford Forest is only around 90 years old as it was planted as a timber resource for the country. When the first trees were planted, using a grid system (or compartments) it helped plan the lay out of the forest and allow access to the new trees along the rides to care for them. Often the old fields that were there before the forest were used to shape the compartments and if you can find a really old Ordnance Survey map from before the forest was planted, you might be able to spot the old field shapes in the layout of the forest. A natural forest would not have compartments or forest rides.

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Do you do apprenticeships ?

2002, 10/Nov/2017

Yes the Forestry Commission have an Apprenticeship Scheme. Check out

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5 Stars 5 Stars

Last Sunday we had a marvellous day in Thetford Forest.

After this day we were wondering with my wife that is there an opportunity to plant tree in your forest? We'd like to plant 2 trees with our kids and we do not know is it possible or not? Can you please reply me?

Thank you. Have a lovely day.

Gabor Majvald

Gabor Majvald, 28/Aug/2017

We're glad you had a lovely day. We don't have a tree planting days coming up just yet but I will keep your email and let you know if we do.

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Last updated: 29th November 2017

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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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