Brandon Country Park
A lovely cycle or walk around Brandon Country Park and the surrounding Thetford Forest in Suffolk. There are three waymarked, woodland walks while the Poacher Trail cycle route also starts out at Brandon Country Park. This is an intermediate ride waymarked with blue posts.
The park has beautiful lakeside lawns, a delightful walled garden and an excellent visitor centre. You will then head into Thetford Forest along peaceful woodland trails before returning to Brandon Country Park. The park is located near to the small town of Brandon on the River Ouse. If you have time you could continue your walk along the nearby Little Ouse Path for a delightful waterside walk.
PostcodeIP27 0SU - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Brandon Country Park Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Brandon Country Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The park has a very good on site cafe selling a good range of meals and snacks.
The woodland trails are ideal for dog walking so you're bound to see other owners on your visit. The Walled Garden area and tearoom are dog-free areas (except for assistance dogs).
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Hereward Way can be picked up just to the north of Brandon. You could follow the waymarked trail west along the river to the lovely Lakenheath Fen. This peaceful nature reserve is located on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. The reserve consists of a large area of wetland with reedbeds, grazing marshes and riverside paths along the River Little Ouse.
Just north of Brandon you can pick up the Grime's Graves and Weeting Castle Walk. This route visits two interesting English Heritage run historical sites in the area. The first is a prehistoric flint mine dug over 5000 years ago where you can descend on a ladder to view the fascinating pit. The route then visits nearby Weeting Castle where you'll find the ruins of a 12th century manor house. Both sites are well run with information boards detailing the history of the area.
A few miles to the north you'll find the splendid Lynford Arboretum. 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 county see the Suffolk Walks page.