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Thetford Forest, Highlodge (F.C.)

RegionEast Anglia
ClubSuffolk Orienteering Club
Nearest townBrandon, Suffolk
PostcodeIP27 0AF
Carpark locationHigh Lodge Visitor Centre. Entry Fee £2.20 per hour maximum payment £11.50 (5 hours) includes parking. Free admission for cyclists.

Thetford  Forest has acres of Scots and Causican Pine, Larch, Beech and Silver Birch. The Forest is a wonderfully mysterious place to explore as it is crisscrossed with miles of walking and cycling trails; some are suited to families, others for the more experienced hiker and cyclist.

High Lodge (IP270AF) is on the Brandon to Thetford Road (B1107) which is easily accessible from the A11. It is less than 30 minutes from Bury St Edmunds and under an hour from Ipswich, Cambridge, Kings Lynn and Norwich.

Unfortunately, it is not easily accessible by public transport; though there are train stations at Brandon and Thetford from which it can be reached easily by cycle; for walkers the only means is by taxi.

There is a very large car park.



Other Things to do in the Area

The site is open from 09:00 to 17:00 though the entrance gate is locked 45 minutes before closure. Cyclists can enter at any time.

High Lodge Information Point  is open on weekdays from 10:00 to 16:00  and on weekends  and holidays from 9.00 to 17.00

The cafe (managed by an external caterer) is open on weekdays from 10:00 to 16:00 and on weekends and holidays from 9.00 to 16.00; closed Christmas Day.

Breakfasts are served until 11:30 and Lunches are from 12:00 to 15:00.

The Pantry is open on weekends and school holidays from 11:00 -to 16:00 (subject to demand)

An Ice Cream Parlour is closed during the winter and will reopen in 2017.

Toilets are near the cafe and are open 24 hours a day.

Running, walking and cycling trails.

Bike Hire.


Wild Play area.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior.

Go Ape Forest Segway.




Maps Available From

Highlodge Information Centre 0300 0674400

Further Information

  • White and/or yellow standard controls suitable for beginners
  • Orange and/or light green standard controls suitable for people with some experience
  • Green colour standard or above controls available for experienced orienteers