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

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

Activities at Santon Downham

Cycling Go Tri event
Cycling at Santon Downham
Three horse riders in high vis in the forest
Horse riding at Santon Downham
Woman walking dogs through woodland
Orange walking trail at Santon Downham
Picnic table at sunrise
Picnics at Santon Downham

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.

18,730 hectares to explore

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 to the history and heritage of Mildenhall Warren and Lynford Arboretum and the peace and tranquility of the walks around Santon Downham.

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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