This nature reserve near King's Lynn has some peaceful woodland walking trails. There's also cycling opportunities with some good mountain bike (mtb) trails to try.
Start the walk from the car park located about a mile north of Shouldham village. From here you can pick up the woodland trails which include two colour coded waymarked walks: the Yellow walk (1 kilometre) and the Red walk (about 3 kilometres). In the reserve there's beautiful pine woodlands and fine views across the fenland countryside and the Nar Valley from the outskirts. There's also a stunning Rhododendron Avenue and a nice picnic area.
After you've explored the nature reserve you can head into Shouldham village where there are picturesque cottages, a village green and an interesting 14th century church to see.
PostcodePE33 0DH - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Shouldham Warren Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Shouldham Warren Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Shouldham Warren OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Shouldham Warren Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Head into Shouldham village and you can enjoy some post walk refreshments at The King's Arms. The 17th century pub is located in a nice spot next to the village green. It is notable as West Norfolk's first community owned pub. It was West Norfolk CAMRA Pub of the Year 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2020. They have a good menu and a sunny garden at the back of the pub. You can find them at 28 The Green with a postcode of PE33 0BY for your sat navs.
The expansive reserve with its lovely wide woodland trails is ideal for a peaceful dog walk. You will probably see other owners with their pets on a fine day. The King's Arms mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Nar Valley Way passes through the forest providing and opportunity for extending your walking in the area. You could follow the waymarked path east along the river to Narborough, Narford Lake and Castle Acre. The village is one of the highlights of the area with the atmospheric ruins of and 11th century castle and priory to see. There's also some lovely waterside trails along the River Nar through the picture postcard village. The attractive village of Great Massingham and the historic Houghton Hall gardens are also located in this area.
Just to the north east you'll find Pentney Lakes and West Bilney Wood where there are more nice trails to try.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Norfolk Walks page.