Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Bacton Wood is open from dawn to dusk.

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How to find us

How to find us
Bacton Wood, North Walsham
Sat Nav Postcode: NR28 9UE
By Car

The car park is located on a minor road two and a half miles north of North Walsham.

OS Grid Ref

52.828180015702, 1.4388656616211

Parking and prices

The car park is located on a minor road two and a half miles north of North Walsham, off of the B1159 between Bacton & North Walsham.

There are no parking charges at Bacton Wood. 

Additional information

Number of accessible parking spaces: 0

There are no designated accessible parking spaces at this forest, have you seen our Easy Access trails page?

Facilities and access

Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed
Easy access trail

Contact details

With orienteering, cycle and horseback trails, Bacton Wood is where you can truly enjoy the natural beauty of Norfolk

Located just north of North Walsham, Bacton Wood is perfect for a day out with nature whether you are on foot, cycle or horseback.

With orienteering and walking trails, Bacton Wood is also ideal for those who just want to relax and take in the sights and sounds of rural Norfolk.

Managed sustainably for people, wildlife and timber, there are over 30 species of tree in Bacton Wood including Scots and Corsican Pine, Western Hemlock, Douglas Fir and Larch.

At a glance

  • Walking trails
  • Orienteering
  • Horse riding
  • Dogs welcome

Things to do

With three trails to choose from, come and explore Bacton Wood on foot. 

Our red and blue trails run along variable tracks with occasional benches, perfect for those wanting to venture off the beaten track. Follow the yellow trail for a surfaced route with frequent benches. 


Nearby forests

Bintree wood

Bintree Wood is a large, peaceful wood with wide grassy rides for you to meander, discover woodland wildlife and be treated to delightful views of the Wensum Valley and Elmham.

The summer is a perfect time to see buzzards, kestrels, common darters, admirals and commas. In autumn, keep your eyes pealed for the forest fungi, including the colourful fly agaric. 

Wakerley picnic bench

Great Hockham is the perfect place for an exciting outdoor adventure in a beautiful woodland setting.

A visit to Great Hockham will treat you with views of the unique landscape. See if you can spot the distinctive features, known as pingos, that were formed during the last Ice Age! 

Come and enjoy a picnic in the forest, walk amongst the trees on a choice of two waymarked trails or treat your four-legged friend to a forest visit. 


Thetford Forest at sunset

Located within the Thetford Forest district, Harling Woods offers great opportunities to get outdoors and escape to nature.

With open access to a range of paths and trails, a Forest Holiday site and endless woodland to explore, Harling Wood should not be missed! 

Desert Rats memorial at High Ash in Thetford forest

Located near Mundford in Thetford, you won't miss the Cromwell tank that marks the entrance to the forest. A must-see site for those interested in history, this tank is a memorial to the 7th Armoured Division, known as the Desert Rats, who were based here during World War II. 

Learn about High Ash's interesting historic background on its easy access route which details the stories of the Desert Rats and their time in this area. 


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