Visit the largest ancient woodland in Norfolk on this peaceful walk near Dereham.
There's 123 hectares (300 acres) to explore on a number of nice footpaths.
The site is also a designated nature reserve so there's a wide variety of flora and fauna to look out for on your walk. Bluebells are a big draw in spring but there's also early purple orchid, lily of the valley, dog's mercury, purple hairstreak, meadowsweet, water avens and fleabane to see.
The woods are great for wildlife too with white admiral butterflies, sparrowhawks, tawny owls, great spotted woodpeckers and European green woodpeckers.
You can start the walk at the car park off Themelthorpe Road on the western side of the woods. From here you can pick up the trails to create a circular walk around the site.
To extend your walking in the area you could head east and pick up the Marriot's Way long distance trail. The shared cycling and walking trail explores the lovely River Wensum Valley.
PostcodeNR20 4QR - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Foxley Wood Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Foxley Wood Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Foxley Wood OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Foxley Wood Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the south is the award winning village of Swanton Morley where you'll find a noteworthy 14th century church and an early 17th century pub with strong connections to the ancestors of Abraham Lincoln. In the village you can also pick up the Walsingham Way and the Wensum Way long distance footpaths. The ancient Norman Chapel of North Elmham and the Sparham Pools Nature Reserve at Lyng are also located in this area.