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:
TL810967
OS map ref:
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Handbook map ref:
L6

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Arrivals, very smooth, Covid precautions in operation. Later I did note the complete lack of hand sanitiser at all of the Disposal Points (Fresh water/Grey/Chem/Rubbish), these are common areas, where all users visit. It makes sense to supply it. I'm suspecting this is an issue at Club Management level, rather than the wardens. All my recent visits to private sites have that aspect covered. Overall a lovely site, seriously, if you love woods and forest tracks, you will enjoy. But less than impressed by the male warden, we are club members, it takes just a little bit of effort to be friendly and civil to us, rather than abrupt, officious and rude. I had two interactions with him, very poor. The lady at reception was totally the opposite, and that was appreciated. The Warden's Dogs! Yep, they are a big issue. Literally every time someone walks past, you are dealt a crescendo of noise, it's not acceptable. In terms of overall noise on the site, the wardens are the biggest offenders. Again, a lack of regard for your paying customers, many have travelled a long distance for the privilege of staying on the site. I travel with a dog, so I do understand what is acceptable, the current situation there is not. There will be easy solutions to this problem, deal with it please. Location. You are out in the sticks a bit, so if you're in a motor-home, and lack transport, getting extra supplies etc, will be difficult, as walking to Mudeford is problematic due to a really busy A road. Unlike many other CAMHC sites, no on-site shop in operation, (Apparently Card/Cash payment issues!), no take-away vans or similar arranged. I feel so much more could be done to improve the experience. However If you're in a caravan, your experience will be very different, and this will make an ideal base. Would I stay again, yep probably, once the organisation takes steps to improve the overall offer, especially for the motorhomers and deals with the site-management issues.

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Thetford Forest Site

This was our first time to Thetford Forest and venturing out following the easing of restrictions. We were warmly greeted at the site entrance and very politely made aware of the procedures that the site had in place to make us and everyone else feel safe and secure. The signage and equipment that was installed and available made us feel very comfortable and safe, and appreciate how difficult this must be. The Team on site were extremely helpful and keep the site well maintained, We were very fortunate to be given a pitch with our Motorhome that is located in one of the Grass areas and had plenty of room to put up our awning while also maintaining a good and safe distance between others also in the same area. Thetford Forest is a beautiful place for Walking in and around including the Dessert Rat Trail, which was an added bonus, and the Military must have had an exercise nearby as we could hear some of their training taking place. We were only at Thetford for two nights, but could have spent more time exploring the area and look forward to returning and enjoying the Forest at a different time and season. Thoroughly enjoyed our short visit.
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The club should be ashamed of putting WiFi in the site description as having paid to access this for three years now the WiFi at thetford is abysmal and should not be included on advertising literature without a serious upgrade. I do realise not every body thinks WiFi should be available whilst on holiday but the fact it is advertised should mean it is accessible and reasonable. If it’s there I want to be able to access WiFi as I pay the fees for it.

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Great site - Abysmal broadband

We visited this site to be near our grandchildren within the Covid-19 restrictions. The location is good for a lot of Suffolk and Norfolk as well as (of course) the forest itself. We found the site and (relief) wardens helpful, friendly and considerate of all. However, as we hadn't been away for some time, I persisted in trying to get onto the broadband for CMH Club and pay for 12 months access. It was a complete waste of time and money! Even now, at home, writing this review with fibre broadband, the waiting time for searches is poor. The CMH club is not serving it's members properly and needs to spend money on improving their main server broadband response times AND ensure that sites can manage with the number of users logging on. This is the 21st C; almost everyone on site will be wanting internet access simultaneously. I will be asking for a refund from the club.

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Sadly now spoiled by rude warden and their FOUR barking dogs

Lovely site and perfectly located. Fantastic for dog walking and generally relaxing. The hard standings don't really work with an awning - better to head to the grass pitches. TV reception is poor unless you are lucky (some pitches almost work!) - satellite works OK at pitches near the entrance where you can get an adequate view of the Astra satellite. This used to be our favourite site across the UK. BUT the current wardens have spoiled this. They have FOUR yapping dogs that bark and bark and bark EVERY TIME anybody walks past (which you have to) - the wardens make no effort to control this and the chap (Keith) is abusive to those who (politely) complain or even mention it. They try to steer people away from Pitch 1 knowing that their dogs will be an issue. Additionally the warden has a huge HGV cab which can pull the trailer they live in. He parks this in places that encroaches onto pitches, restricting awning space that should be yours. Despite being 70+ he also likes to play jack the lad and drive the HGV cab around, sounding a very, very loud air horn as he does so - I think he thinks it entertains? Additionally (and finally, sorry) the warden has allegedly been in trouble/dispute with the Caravan Club regarding his conduct - and loves to bad mouth the Club to any visitor that will listen. He is proud to claim that he won the case and intends to stay on the site for many years to come and will not be removed. Sadly these wardens have spoiled the site and we shall only be visiting when the site is being managed by the relief wardens, who are lovely. Unfortunately all they get to hear is complaints about the resident warden. I am not just moaning - we really love this site but are so sore that it has been spoiled.
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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.