With routes from 1.5 to 17 miles, there’s something for everyone in the Brecklands, whether you’ve never walked in the countryside before or you’re a seasoned rambler. Many of these routes lend themselves well to trail running too and it’s a great way to get fit as you explore. Some of the trails pass pubs, cafés and local shops, offering a great opportunity to experience local cuisine and learn more about the area.
Once you’ve tried all of these routes, why not try one of our long distance trails – the Peddars Way National Trail, the Little Ouse Path and the Angles Way are all nearby. More information can be found at www.norfolktrails.co.uk.
Some of the trails cross land that is owned and managed by the Forestry Commission. Pop into the Forest Office at Santon Downham to discover more opportunities for recreation in the forest, such as cycling and horse riding. At High Lodge Forest Centre, on the B1107 towards Brandon, you can walk and cycle following marked routes suitable for a range of abilities. Bike hire is available and there are restaurant and other visitor facilities. For further information, visit the Forestry Commission website at www.forestry.gov.uk.
Most of the towns and villages where these trails begin and end are well served by public transport. Plan your car-free journey using the Traveline website, www.travelineeastanglia.org.uk.
Please respect the natural environment that these routes pass through. Stay on the designated paths, and take any litter home with you. When passing through livestock grazing areas, keep dogs under control and leave gates as you find them. These trails pass through areas designated to protect internationally rare ground-nesting birds. Please keep dogs on leads through open fields and grassland between February and August.