Things to do
If the outdoors is your thing, The Brecks will inspire you. Walking or cycling, there are hundreds of miles of designated paths and cycleways for you to explore. There are so many trails, that you will be able to find something to suit all abilities, interests and ages. Going through open countryside, forests, woodland, beside rivers and by ancient monuments, your walk or ride will take you through some of the most diverse countryside and you will be able to see some amazing wildlife and lots of fascinating history.
Walking in Breckland
Angles Way and Peddars Way both pass though The Brecks and they meet at Knettishall Heath near Thetford. The heath is a SSSI and thirty percent of the 12,500 species present, being nationally rare. There is also a Bronze Age barrow, over 4,000 years old, at Hut Hill and many amazing views along both these long distance footpaths.
The Angles way runs over ninety miles, following the River Waveney for many miles. More information here: https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/out-and-about-in-norfolk/norfolk-trails/long-distance-trails/angles-way
Peddars Way follows the route of a Roman Road which ran for 46 miles from Knettishall Heath to Holme next the Sea. Although the footpath sometimes uses roads, where they follow the original route, or where the original route is no longer accessible, much of it is grassed, tree-lined tracks through farmland, with views across the countryside.
The Icknield Way, which meets the Peddar’s Way at Thetford, crosses six counties and links the Peddar’s Way with the Ridgeway National Trail and on to the Wessex Ridgeway. It predates the Peddar’s Way and is thought to have been partly adapted by The Romans, to create that road soon after they arrived here.
Cycling in Breckland
There is also a National Cycle Network route which passes through the area on its way from London to Fakenham. Details about Route 13, can be found here: https://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/route/route-13
A twenty mile Discovery Route for cyclists, which starts at Swaffham, goes through Cockley Cley, Gooderstone, Oxburgh, Eastmoor, Beachamwell and Drymere, goes through miles of open countryside and takes the rider along some quiet country lanes, whereas the cycle tracks in Thetford Forest are a brilliant place to experience off-road cycling. There is something suitable for all, from the young family, out for a gentle bike ride, to the mountain biker, out for thrills and spills. Parking is at High Lodge, Thetford Forest, Brandon, just off the B1107. Please use postcode IP27 0AF.