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(Average user rating: 5 unrated 5/5)

Forestry Commission staff based at Santon Downham East England September 2010

The Forestry Commission's East England Office, which is the administrative centre of the district, is based in Santon Downham.

Much of the land here originally belonged to the Santon Downham estate, which was at one time owned by Charles Sloane (later Lord Cadogan ).

An impressive avenue of Limes line the Thetford road to the village. Local information and leaflets are available at the East England office reception.


What do other visitors say?

Are you aware/bothered, that there is Himalayan Balsam growing at Cockley Cley end of fire ride 109?

Colin Hodge, 21/Jul/2017

Thank you for letting us know. We do appreciate this being reported and I've passed on the details to our Forest Management team.

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I am afraid that that the attempts to keep cars out of the far end of the parking area at St Helens are not working. This Saturday (June 24th) I watched cars passing around the logs to the left of the footpath opposite the toilet block and then driving along the footpath to the far end of the parking area.

Anonymous, 25/Jun/2017

Hi. My 5 year old would love to catch a fish in a net (he will return it promptly, of course).

Is santon Downham suitable for this?

Anonymous, 23/May/2017
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Last updated: 25th September 2017

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What's Here?

  • Bus Stop
  • Cycling
  • Dogs on lead
  • Picnic
  • Walking
  • Toliets
  • 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'.
  • Information
  • Information is available form the Forestry Commission Office open daily from 09:00-16:00
  • Parking
  • In the village off of the B1107
  • Shop
  • The Santon Downham village shop is open Mon-Fri 09:00-16:00
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
In the village off of the B1107

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