Grime's Graves and Weeting Castle
This circular walk visits two interesting English Heritage Sites in Thetford Forest.
The walk starts at the car park at Grimes Graves, a prehistoric flint mine dug over 5000 years ago. Today the site is run by English Heritage and allow visitors to descend 9 metres (30 ft) by ladder into an excavated shaft to view the jet-black flint.
After exploring the site you can then pick up footpaths heading west to Emily's Wood and the village off Weeting. Here you will find the historic Weeting Castle, a ruined 12th-century manor house with an interesting history. The structure was built around 1180 by Hugh de Plais, and included a three-storey tower, a substantial hall, and a service block, with a separate kitchen positioned near the house. A moat was later dug around the site in the 13th century.
After exploring the castle ruins the route retraces its steps to Sunnyside Cottage before turning south to Shadwell's Plantation. You then follow woodland trails east to Bromehill Cottage before turning north to north east to return to the Grime's Graves car park.
PostcodeIP26 5DE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Grimes Graves Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Grimes Graves Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Grimes Graves OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Grimes Graves Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
There's lots of good options for continuing your walking in this area of Thetford Forest. If you head south you could visit the pretty village of Santon Downham where there's an interesting 13th century church to investigate. You can also enjoy a lovely riverside walk here along the Little Ouse Path. In the forest there's also Lynford Arboretum to consider. It's a lovely place for a walk with woodland trails, pretty lakes and an impressive 19th century Sequoia Avenue to see.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Norfolk Walks page.