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

Opening hours

Weekdays

Monday
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Weekends

Saturday
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How to find us

How to find us
A134, Thetford
Sat Nav Postcode: IP26 5ET
By Car

Take the A134 Thetford to Mundford road., Approximately half a mile after the Lynford cross roads turn right, signposted Lynford Stag picnic site.

OS Grid Ref
TL815916

52.4911234, 0.6734045

Parking and prices

It is free to park and parking spaces can be found off the A134.

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

Please keep dogs on leads.  

For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed
Easy access trail
Picnic area

Contact details

Discover this popular picnic site in Thetford Forest

Glimpsed through the roadside trees, a passing traveller could be forgiven for marvelling at the audacity of the bold deer parading at this popular picnic site.

The distinctive creature, however, is no more than a metal imitation "target stag", found by the workers when the area was being planted.

At a glance

Picnic area
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Things to do

Enjoy a tasty treat in the forest at our beautiful picnic area, just bring along good food and company!

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

The Green Walk takes you into the forest through a mix of mature and young plantations. Why not extend your walk by joining the blue and green walks for a longer route?

Nearby forests

Sun shining through the trees in a pine forest

Noted for its variety of bird life, spring flowers and autumn fungi, the arboretum is the perfect place to enjoy some peace and quiet. 

The autumnal colour show is not to be missed. 

Santon Downham

Whether you are seeking a quiet stroll or wish to take in the natural beauty of the local area, Santon Downham is an idyllic part of Suffolk.

Much of the land here originally belonged to the Santon Downham estate, which was at one time owned by Charles Sloane (later Lord Cadogan).

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.

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.  

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