Thetford Forest Caravan Club Site

High Ash, Hilborough, Thetford, Norfolk, IP26 5BZ

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  • Cycling
  • Dogs
  • Peaceful stays

Why stay here ...

Thetford Forest Club site - now with secure all year storage pitches.

The new 70 pitch storage compound at Thetford Forest Club site is secure, gated and CCTV is in operation. Staff are on site all year round, although please note between November & March, 48 hours' notice must be given for access.

A storage pitch costs £400 pro rata for 2020. Please call the site directly to book on 01842 878356.

Thetford Forest Club Site is set in luscious Forestry Commission woodland. Quiet and secluded, the caravan park offers pitching areas in open glades and tempting trails for exploring the natural charms of the surrounding area. Within the forest there is a memorial area and guided trail dedicated to the Desert Rats, who were based and trained here during the Second World War. On-site there is an abundance of wildlife, with deer often spotted in the early mornings. The site is wonderful for dogs, with great walks nearby.

Within a short distance from Thetford Forest Club Site you will discover the market town of Swaffham. Steeped in Georgian history, the town also has a fine Saturday market for some leisurely retail therapy. It is also known for being the birthplace of Howard Carter, discoverer of Tutankhamun's tomb, and there is an extensive exhibition about him in the local history museum located above the town hall. Both King's Lynn and Norwich have other historical centres of note, and are within easy driving distance of the caravan park. Another excellent day excursion would be the beautiful Norfolk coastline with its many charming villages. High Lodge Forest Park is a great day out for kids and Lynford Hall and Arboretum offer some lovely walks. Plenty of pubs including The Swan in Hilborough, can be reached within a short car ride.

Please note: This site does not have a toilet block

Facilities on site ...

  • BBQs allowed: gas, electric
  • Dog walk from site
  • Drive over waste disposal for motorhomes
  • Electric hook-up
  • Gas
  • Motorhome service point
  • TV reception: poor
  • Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi charge
  • Wi-Fi rating: Bronze

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Walking notes:

The Forestry Commission information office is at the High Lodge Visitors Centre, where you can obtain more information on the forest and its walks, trails and wildlife. The forest has a memorial area and guided trail dedicated to the Desert Rats, who were based and trained here during the Second World War. Certain restrictions are laid down by the Forestry Commission - please observe notices displayed by them, especially those warning when firearms are being used by the Rangers.

Supermarket notes:

There is a butchers, grocers and newsagents in Mundford village, 2 miles away. Tesco and Waitrose can be found in Swaffham, 7 miles away. Both provide access for motorhomes.

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Directions

From the north: follow the A1065 (Swaffham - Brandon). About 2.25 miles past Hilborough turn R into the Forestry Commission road at the flag poles and WW2 tank. The site is on the right in 400 yards. From the south: turn left off the A11 (Newmarket - Norwich) at the roundabout on the Thetford bypass onto the A134 (signposted Swaffham). In about 6 miles turn right at the roundabout onto the A1065. In 2 miles turn left into Forestry Commission road as above. Please try to avoid route through Brandon.

Sites key: Club Site

Postcode:
IP26 5BZ
GPS:
Lat 52.53954 / Lon 0.66748
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OS field ref:
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Splendid (mostly quiet) woodland setting

A Great little site. No toilet block, but this actually makes it more attractive in these COVID stricken times, as guests aren’t tempted to “bend” any occupancy rules in the facilities, which we have seen on other sites. The site is within Forestry Commission land, so plenty of walks for those with dogs and lots of wildlife to be seen. There’s also a lot of history here as the area was used by the 7th Armoured Division of the famous Desert Rats, just before D-Day. There are extensive walks with information boards and it’s not hard to imagine the hustle and bustle of an Army Tank base just before D-Day 1944 Noise? It may be an issue, and has been noted by others who have stayed here. The principle “culprits” are the USAF fast jets based at RAF Lakenheath just down the road, and combat rescue helicopters from RAF Mildenhall who use the nearby land for training... sometimes at night, but not past about 11pm. The other noise maker could be the nearby extensive Army training ranges, even though they are quite a way away. Our stay coincided with a “Battle Camp”, so small arms and rifle fire, and louder artillery could be heard, again they finished before 11pm. BUT... you would have to be very, very unlucky to experience both, and for extensive periods. Usually there’s more (muted) noise from the nearby main road. Overall a great site in a smashing location. Worth a visit.
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This site is surrounded by woodland, perfect for long walks direct from site. Just stayed for 10 nights, weather was lovely. The site is very peaceful other than when air force planes fly over (not too often). The TV signal reception on my pitch was not very good, but will say other people said they had a good TV signal. I would recommend this site for people looking for a short break or a quiet family holiday.
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Peace and quiet 45 mins from home. 'And breath'

This is our 'local' site, but it might as well be in a completely different part of the Country. Mid September, the site was pretty much full, but a sense of calm wafted over the place with nobody in a rush to go anywhere or do anything. So peaceful, so relaxing, so nice. The site wardens are both friendly but unobtrusive. Helpful and available but 'not in your face'. Perfect!

The site is clean, well kept without being manicured to within an inch of its life, letting wildlife get on with 'doing it's thing' quietly in the background. Brambles are left to grow without interfering with the spacious pitches so butterflies and squirrels do not shy away. Deer can be seen regularly on site in the early hours and the many and varied walks directly from the site can keep you busy for hours.

So the local American air bases were undertaking manoeuvres during our stay, but they were infrequent, with the V22-Osprey plane/helicopter hybrids skimming the trees for an our or so on a couple of nights, but not late into the night so as to disturb sleep unless you were very early to bed. I like to think of those people training to help protect us should things ever 'hit the fan' and they are also entertaining to watch. If you like that sort of thing, there are viewing areas at both Lakenheath and Mildenhall, a short drive away, where you can get up close and experience the power of fighter jets at take off. There are always lots of people there taking photo's when exercises are taking place but I don't know how they know when these are?

Swaffham is a short drive away with a decent Tesco and good Waitrose store along with a selection of local shops in the town centre. Brandon is likewise a short drive away in the opposite direction and, although not very pretty, it does have an Aldi and smaller Tesco plus a train station if you fancy a trip further afield.

Mundford Arboretum is just down the road on route to Brandon. Park up (free), cross back over the access road (very quiet) into the arboretum and enjoy short or long walks around the site with access out into the countryside if you want to go a bit further afield. A simple but entertaining dog agility area is also available and dogs can be off lead for much of the time, especially mid-week when it is much quieter. You can also walk the other way from the car park down to the lake and all around, but this does get busy at weekends.

So, pretty much our favourite site. Its a shame it closes during the winter as I am sure those of us who do not need shower blocks etc. would keep it busy, especially during these strange times. Oh, and social distancing was SO easy to maintain, including when booking in. The site is so spacious there really is no need to get up close to your neighbours for whatever reason, even at the bins and water areas. Nice!

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Our happy place!

Just come back from Thetford Forest site celebrating our sons first birthday, this was the first time making it to Thetford this year due to lockdown, and once again wasn’t disappointed. Love the site for the peace and quiet, great walks for the dog and wardens always friendly (both relief and permanent) Yes we heard the banger from the nearby farm, however being in the country side certain noises are to be expected and certainly didn’t taint our holiday, it is also nice hearing the planes fly over unlike where we live where we have to endure the sound of a plane flying over head for an hour or so at a time when practicing stunts. We are already booked to go back again later this year, and have bookings for in place for next year as well! We are very fortunate in this site being only about an hour away from home. Out of all the sites we have been to, Thetford forest still remains our favourite!
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Beautiful site spoilt by noisy farmer and aircraft.

This site is in a beautiful location, we visited a few years ago and loved it. This time however was a different experience due to the local farmer starting his Bird-scarer cannon at 6.30am every morning and keeping it going for most of the day. He breeds Geese for the Christmas market so presumably it will be running until then. In addition the training jets from RAF Lakenheath are very active and very noisy, you either love them or hate them so this may not be a problem to some people. Overall I booked the site expecting it to be quiet as it was last time, not unreasonable give it's location in the middle of a forest but was so disappointed that I will not return again.

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This Club campsite is now open and is following social distancing and safety requirements as set out by the UK government. Face coverings are now mandatory when visiting the reception area on site. Our priority is first and foremost the health and safety of our staff, our members, our guests and the local communities.

Only pay 5% VAT. A 12.5% reduction on all published prices will be applied to your booking when you arrive and pay for your stay on site.