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

Opening hours

Great Hockham offers 24 hour access, 365 days a year. 


How to find us

How to find us
Great Hockham, Thetford
Sat Nav Postcode: IP24 1PA
By Car

Take the A1075 Thetford to Watton road. Great Hockham picnic site is on the left hand side.

OS Grid Ref

52.491052791366, 0.85214360954774

Parking and prices

There are no parking charges at Great Hockham. 

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
Picnic area

Contact details

Located to the east of Great Hockham village, discover this pleasant picnic site within Thetford Forest

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. 


At a glance 

  • 2 walking trails 
  • Horse riding
  • Picnic area
  • Dogs welcome 

Things to do

The Green Walk is a pleasant walk through the forest at Hockham.

Wander amongst scots and corsican pine plantations that are blended with mature oak and rich in insect and bird life.

We have a Open Access policy for horse riding at Great Hockham.

There is a bridleway that runs along Bambridge Lane that us suitable for horse riders. The areas north of the railway line is best suited to horse riding as this is away from the concentration of visitors using High Lodge and the cycling trails. Please see the OS explorer 229 for a map of riding trails. 

No permit is needed to ride at Great Hockham.

For more information on our facilities, opening times and contact details, please see our visitor information.

Enjoy a tasty treat in the forest at Great Hockham. Just bring along good food and company!

Picnic tables are located near the car park. 

To prevent forest fires and reduce waste, please do not bring any barbecues into our forests.

The Yellow Walk provides a pleasant amble through mature pine plantations and mature stands of oak.

The Peddars Way, an old Roman road connecting the North Norfolk coast with the heart of East Anglia, offers scope if you are a more adventurous walker.

Nearby forests

Sunrise in a conifer forest

A patchwork of pines, heathland and broadleaves provide the ideal setting for a great day out, and a welcome refuge for a rich variety of animal and plant life.  The forest covers a huge area with many different places to visit offering a range attractions from the exciting outdoor play facilities at High Lodge, the history and heritage of Mildenhall Warren and Lynford Arboretum and the peace and tranquility of the walks around St Helen's.  

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! 

Sun bathing

The magnificent beeches lining the A134 at this site provide the setting for one of the most attractive picnic spots within the forest.

The splendour of the beech canopy affords an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.

An open area next to the car park gives opportunities for those wishing to picnic or play during their stay. Here, heather and grasses add a splash of colour and interest for insects such as butterflies and bees, reminiscent of the former Breckland heaths.

Snowdrops in the forest

The Little Ouse Valley between Brandon and Thetford has been designated a Forest Nature Reserve by Forestry England in recognition of its importance to wildlife.

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