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Posted on: May 26th 2020   •    Posted in: General News

6 Woodland Walks For The Whole Family

What are your favourite woodland walks? Here we talk about ours.

We are very lucky here in East Anglia to have a wide range of various beauty spots where we can go for a walk. As we can now travel for exercise, this is the perfect excuse to check out somewhere you wouldn’t usually go.

Not only is walking great exercise it is also good for your mental health. Clear away the cobwebs from the day and enjoy the natural beauty of the world around you.

Please be aware of the latest government advice. And remember to socially distance and wash your hands.

Knettishall Heath – Suffolk

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This FREE access beauty spot is one not to miss. Despite its name, Knettishall Heath is in fact a diverse mosaic of habitats. With woodland and riverside meadows, as well as large areas of heath. It extends to over 430 acres.
There are four trails around the reserve between 1 and 2.5 miles in length. This includes an all access trail around the river.
Knettishall Heath is a dog friendly nature reserve. Just make sure you keep dogs on their leads during bird nesting seasons. The highlight is seeing the the ponies and cattle grazing. You can find out more information here.

Little Ouse Path – Suffolk/Norfolk

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A gentle 10 miles/16.25 km walk through the Little Ouse valley. The walk links Thetford and Brandon and often follows the old towpath and is the perfect woodland walk.
The Little Ouse runs through the heart of the Brecks. One of the most interesting and unusual great natural areas in Britain.
Find out more here.

Santon Downham – Suffolk

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Whilst on your walk along the Ouse why not make a point of stopping in Santon Downham. Or visit it on it’s own, it is well worth the trip.
You can start The Orange Walk (around 5 miles) from St Helens Picnic Site or from Santon Downham. It offers you a variety of habitats and many opportunities for wildlife watching.

Why not take a dip in the river ouse, or grab a kayak and paddle your cares away. You can find out more here.

Brandon Country Park – Suffolk

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Discover the heart of The Brecks at Brandon Country Park. Explore a land of open heathland, green forests, wide horizons and fresh air.
With over 30 acres of parkland, there’s lots to see and do at Brandon Country Park.
On your journey around the Park you will uncover an arboretum, a ‘haunted’ mausoleum, lawns and a lake and a historic walled garden. You can find out more here.

Lackford Lakes – Suffolk

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Listen to the sound of singing birds in spring with the arrival of nightingales and warblers from Africa. The lakesides are busy with nesting great-crested grebe, kingfisher, tufted duck and water rail.
Lackford Lakes is free to visit. However if you wish to support their work on the nature reserve, you can consider making a donation. Or become a member of Suffolk Wildlife Trust. Find out more here.

Great Hockham Woods – Norfolk

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Located to the east of Great Hockham village, discover this pleasant picnic site within Thetford Forest. Great Hockham is the perfect place for an exciting outdoor adventure in a beautiful woodland setting.
A visit to Great Hockham will treat you with views of the unique landscape. See if you can spot the distinctive features, known as pingos, that formed during the last Ice Age! Enjoy a picnic in the forest, walk amongst the trees on a choice of two waymarked trails or treat your four-legged friend to a forest visit. Find out more here https://www.forestryengland.uk/great-hockham

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