4 stunning reserves to explore in The Brecks

PUBLISHED: 10:54 04 June 2019 | UPDATED: 12:12 04 June 2019

Thetford Forest (c) Donald Judge, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Thetford Forest (c) Donald Judge, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)


Spanning nearly 400 square miles across both Suffolk and Norfolk, this diverse landscape is brimming with wildlife just waiting to be discovered. Here are 4 popular reserves in The Brecks for you to explore

1) Cavenham Heath

A lovely nature reserve of typical Breck heathland, north west of Bury St Edmunds, with three trails that each explore a different aspect of the site - woodland, heathland and wetland.

Cavenham Heath NNR

2) SWT Knettishall Heath

An ancient landscape and diverse mosaic of habitats with woodland and riverside meadows, as well as large areas of heath extending to over 430 acres.


3) Thetford Forest

The UK's largest man-made lowland forest at 18,730 hectares. The forest covers a huge area offering a range attractions from exciting outdoor play facilities at High Lodge, the history and heritage of Mildenhall Warren and Lynford Arboretum, and the peace and tranquility of walks around St Helen's.

Beauty in Russet

4) SWT Wangford Warren

The reserve at Wangford Warren is a snapshot of a past landscape, and a unique chance to see the inland sand dunes that once washed across this part of the county. The mounds and dunes, stabilised by sand sedge, grazed grass and open disturbed soil are home to rare specialist plants and animals.

Wangford Warren

See it all

Icknield Way Path

The Icknield Way Path is 110 miles starting at Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire. The Suffolk section covers Newmarket to Knettishall Heath along prehistoric pathways and leading to the Peddars Way. There are nature reserves and country parks to enjoy on the way.


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