Enjoy a short, peaceful stroll around this delightful Arboretum in the Thetford Forest area. There are three waymarked walking trails taking you to the arboretum's points of interest on well surfaced paths. This includes the Sequoia Avenue with its double rowed avenue of Sequoias planted in the 1800s to honour the Duke of Wellington. Other trees include Norway Spruce, Chinese Fir, Serbian Spruce and an ancient oak planted in 1671. There are also pretty man made lakes with ducks and geese in the southern area. The woodland is great for birdwatching too - look out for Nuthatch, Chaffinch and Pheasants.
The arboretum is located next to the historic Lynford Hall which includes 28 acres of formal gardens with a lake. To the south is Lynford Stag Walk which takes you through more of the surrounding expansive forest.
If you would like to continue your walk you could head to the nearby Brandon Country Park with beautiful lakeside lawns, a delightful walled garden and an excellent visitor centre. Thetford Forest is also excellent for more peaceful woodland walking.
The National Trust owned Oxburgh Hall is also nearby. The large estate has some fine trails taking you through peaceful woodland and delightful formall gardens.
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Lynford Arboretum Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Lynford Arboretum Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
There's a cute little Shepherd's Hut where you can pick up some refreshments after your exercise.
As you'd expect the woodland trails are ideal for a dog walk so you'll probably see other owners on your visit. The site also includes a dog agility course they can have some fun.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the south there's the interesting Grime's Graves and Weeting Castle Walk. This route visits two 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.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Norfolk Walks page.