Bacton Woods, near North Walsham, has several delightful walking and cycle paths running through the forest. This short circular route starts at Bacton car park and follows various paths through the wood, which has 30 species of tree, including Scots and Corsian Pine, Western Hemlock, Douglas Fir and Larch. The woods are also popular with mtb (mountain bikes) as there is an excellent single track ride to be found here.
The Paston Way and Weaver Way both run through the area, so you could pick up these long distance trails to extend your walk.
The North Walsham and Dilham Canal also runs past the western edge of the woods. There's a nice footpath along the towpath and through the Pigney's Wood Nature Reserve to try.
PostcodeNR28 9UE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Bacton Woods Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Bacton Woods Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Bacton Woods OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Bacton Woods Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Just to the west of the woods there's The Bluebell in North Walsham for some post exercise refreshment. They have a good menu and a lovely large garden area for warmer weather. You can find them at postcode NR28 0RA for your sat navs.
As you'd expect the woodland trails are ideal for dog walking so expect to see other owners on your visit. The Bluebell pub mentioned above is dog friendly in the garden area.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Gunton Park is a good place to continue your walking in the area. The park is located just a few miles north west of the woods and includes a huge deer park and a 19th century working sawmill. The picturesque thatched mill is notable as the only surviving water powered sawmill in Norfolk. The walk includes a visit to the excellent Gunton Arms pub where there are fine views over the estate.
If you head east to the coast you the worthy village of Happisburgh. There's a lovely secluded beach, a striking 18th century lighthouse and a historic 15th century church to see here.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Norfolk Walks page.