Explore Thetford Forest

In the heart of the largest lowland pine forest in the UK you'll find miles of trails which are great for walkers, cyclists, orienteering runners, horse riders, birdwatchers, or if you're just looking for the perfect picnic spot or hoping to see the forest's red deer.

To really discover what's on offer and the exciting events taking place in Thetford Forest start at the High Lodge Forest Centre. Here you can pick up useful information on the best places to explore, what wildlife to look out for, where you can have your picnic and purchase guides to make the most of your visit. There is also a play area for children, a shop and restaurant.

Within Thetford Forest, there are plenty of activities and attractions for all the family. For the energetic visit Go Ape!, an assault course of ropes swings and zip slides set in the glorious Norfolk woodland, or hire bikes to discover the woodland at your own pace.

There are 26 walking trails around the forest for all to enjoy. For family fun enjoy the Giant Play Sculpture Trail or for wildlife enthusiasts, stroll through the rich woodland keeping your eyes peeled for shy deer. Each walk is clearly marked and most are suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs. You could also discover the Pingo Trail, unique to this area.

You can hire mountain bikes at the High Lodge Forest Centre and join one of the organised rides, or take your own bike and explore the forest at your leisure. There is a variety of routes to choose from with something for all abilities. Graded by colour, the Green Trail is a gentle route and great for all the family with wide tracks and fairly level ground while the Black Trail is for the experienced rider covering around 11 miles across various terrains.

Thetford Forest has an open access policy for horse riders making them welcome throughout the park.

The site of Lynford in Thetford Forest, where a group of gravel pits are located on a flood plain terrace on the south bank of the River Wissey, is one of the best preserved late Middle Palaeolithic sites in Britain and the most important Neanderthal site in the whole of the British Isles.

In 2002 archaeological investigation revealed evidence of early human activity in direct association with mammoth bones dating back 65,000 years. Black flint handaxes were found within the same layer of sediment as the remains of at least nine Woolly Mammoths, marking Lynford as the only recorded mammoth butchery site in Britain.

You could also take a trip out to Grimes Graves, a fascinating Neolithic flint mine and displays and the UK's first industrial site. For the brave visitor, descend 9 metres into an excavated mine for an incredible experience.

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