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

Opening hours

Santon Downham is open from dawn to dusk.

 

How to find us

How to find us

Santon Downham is located approximately two miles east of Brandon.

Santon Downham, Brandon
Sat Nav Postcode: IP27 0WB
By Car

From Brandon take the B1107 towards Thetford. On the outskirts of Brandon, fork left signposted Santon Downham and Forest District Offices. Follow this road through the village until you reach the church. Turn left and park in the Forest District Offices car park.

OS Grid Ref
TL815877

52.457087, 0.66985672

Parking and prices

Parking is in the village off of the B1107.

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

Explore the beautiful scenery of Santon Downham, near Brandon

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).

At a glance

  • Walking trails
  • Cycling
  • Horse riding
  • Picnic area
  • Dog walking

Things to do

Cycling is a fantastic way to explore Santon Downham and soak up the beautiful scenery.

Explore the stunning scenery of Santon Downham on horseback.

We have a Open Access policy for horse riding at Santon Downham. As a consequence there are very few waymarked trails in the forest.

The areas north of the railway line are best suited to horse riding as this is away from the concentration of visitors using High Lodge and the cycling trails. Please observe all signs especially those relating to 'Forest Operation'.

There may be some events held at weekends which might disrupt your riding experience. For more information on our facilities, opening times and contact details, please see our visitor information.

The Orange Walk can be started from St Helens Picnic Site or from Santon Downham and offers you a variety of habitats and many opportunities for wildlife watching.

The walk passes through the Little Ouse Valley Forest Nature Reserve, crosses the river and takes you through the edge of Santon Downham village.

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

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

Nearby forests

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.

Sun shining through green trees and shrubs

Every corner of High Lodge has something just waiting to be discovered, the more you walk around the forest, the more you’ll find.

With play areas dotted around the forest, beautiful trails winding through rich wilderness and thrilling mountain biking opportunities, you’ll be itching to return!

The Heritage Trail at High Lodge, built with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy the forest.

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.  

couple enjoying a picnic in a clearing within a 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.

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