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Explore Bacton Woods
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.7/5)

Bacton Wood - Beech Ave Red and Blue route

The original woodland included Sessile Oaks and two of these, which are thought to be over 200 years old, still remain. There are now over 30 species of tree in the wood including Scots and Corsican Pine, Western Hemlock, Douglas Fir and Larch.


The car park is located on a minor road two and a half miles north of North Walsham. It is a wonderful place to start your discovery of the woods whether on foot, cycle or horseback. Orienteering is also available.  There are three waymarked walks denoted by colour routed posts. Select Bacton Wood Trails from the left hand side menu for more information.

Forest Management

Bacton Woods is managed sustainably for people, wildlife and timber.  Currently the wood is being thinned, which is where some trees are felled to allow the healthy growth of the remaining trees.  You might see painted dots appearing on the trees which are there to help forest workers know where to work and what to fell.

The felled tress are not wasted and are used in many different ways from firewood to fencing posts.  Forest operations can be messy and the forest will look different for a while but it wont be long before the forest flora responds to the new light flooding in.

Details of the current work in the forest is here

Forest Safety: During forest operations please obey warning signs to keep you and forest workers safe in the forest.

What do other visitors say?

3 Stars 3 Stars

We visit regularly with children and it still amazes me that people don't pick up after their dogs. There can also be litter, which we pick up as we usually have a bag with us. Some people just don't deserve to have beautiful woodland to enjoy. Would waste bins help, even if they look out of place....? Sad but true.

S Harris, 23/Oct/2017
3 Stars 3 Stars

We love bacton woods and often go there to walk our 2 spaniels. We went yesterday (1/10/17) and couldn't get parked in the car park which I have never known! ! So we thought we would go today, well, never in my life have I seen so many poo bags all over the place!! They were everywhere in the car park and the foot paths. It was very very disappointing to see it in such a state. Maybe you should consider putting in more bins and having them emptied frequently.

Rebecca, 2/Oct/2017
4 Stars 4 Stars

Really enjoyed my time exploring the woods, so much to see and so many different little trails to follow.I did however find it difficult to keep to the colour trails as many posts were hard to find.Also I had three, failed, attempts to try and find the pot boiling site. Just means I will have to visit again.

Heather, 25/Jul/2017

Many thanks for your feedback & we're pleased that you enjoyed your visit and yes do come back again.

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Last updated: 6th October 2017

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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • Dogs on lead
  • Horse riding
  • Orienteering
  • Walking
  • Parking
  • Off of the B1159 between Bacton & North Walsham
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: TG318312

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East England Forest District Office

0300 067 4500

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Dawn to Dusk
Off of the B1159 between Bacton & North Walsham

Related documents

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification certifiedForest Stewardship Council certified

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.