Published: Tuesday 4th Oct 2016
Written by: Laura Foster
We are so lucky in Norfolk with our county being beautiful all year round........See below just a selection of our fantastic woodland parks for you to enjoy at any time of the year, but are particularly special when all the autumnal colours are on show. The tricky decision will be to decide which one to visit first!
Fairhaven Garden TrustSchool Road, South WalshamThere’s a magical feel to walking in the woods at Fairhaven, which manages to have plenty going on including a childrens trail, boat trips, tea room, gift shop and plant sales without spoiling the peace & tranquillity. Enjoy three miles of easy walking, pushchair friendly woodland trails, views across the private broads and see the magnificent 950-year-old King Oak which is found among other ancient oaks, beech and native trees.
Foxley Wood10 miles south east of FakenhamThis is the largest ancient woodland area in Norfolk. Get away from it all here…. Loved for its swathes of bluebells in spring and an awe-inspiring feel of silence in the woods broken only by birdsong and wind in the trees during autumn.
Felbrigg EstateFelbriggOpen daily you can explore ancient rights of way through the approximately 520- acre Great Wood, which contains thousands of trees such as maple, oaks, beeches, sycamore and chestnut along with seeing the stunning views across the lake.
Thetford ForestThis immense Breckland area of pines, heathland and broad-leaved trees offers a variety of walks and varying difficulty cycle trails. With a visitor centre, café and adventure playground there is something for all ages to enjoy.
Sheringham ParkWood Farm, Upper SheringhamOwned by the National Trust, the park and woodland gardens have miles of footpaths and easy cycle routes for you to enjoy. Open all year round, with spectacular viewing points over the surrounding countryside.
Holt Country ParkHoltThis peaceful wood is dominated by Scots pine and native broad-leaved trees. There’s a visitor centre, playground plus many of the routes are suitable for wheelchairs & pushchairs. It’s also a holder of a Green Flag Award meaning it’s one of the best green spaces in the country.
The WalksKings LynnEnjoy glorious autumn colours in the heart of the town. The 800 mature trees are kings here, perfect for squirrel and bird spotting there are also plenty of piles of leaves to kick. A pleasant cafe, play and games area has also been created.
Sandringham ParkSandringhamHere you can explore 600 acres of mature woodland. There are a number of nature trails, paths and an abundance of conkers and chestnuts to forage for.
Thursford WoodLocated just two miles north east of Fakenham, where some of the oaks are believed to be more than 500 years old. The fallen branches and ancient trunks are home to an impressive variety of insects & wildlife.
Wayland WoodSouth of WattonThis thick, wild wood is home to hazel, oak, ash and bird cherry trees; it is also believed to be the site for the legend of the Babes in the Wood. However only enter if you’re feeling brave as it is said to be haunted by the young abandoned brother and sister!
Bacton WoodNorth east of North WalshamAlso known as Witton Wood, this 280 acre site is owned by the Forestry Commission. Be amazed by more than 30 different species of trees including oaks, pines, fir, larch and western hemlock. This wood is very popular with dog walkers and mountain bikers for its many slopes and wide criss-crossing paths.