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The Beater Trail (Thetford Forest)

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A signposted and relatively easy 6 or 10.5 mile Blue graded MTB Trail through the heart of the beautiful Thetford Forest that's readily accessible to riders of all ability levels.
Strecke 16,8 km
1:15 h
64 hm
65 hm

The trail begins and ends within High Lodge, a visitor and activity centre owned by Forestry England.  The trail itself is a mixture of singletrack and wider trails intermingled with one or two stretches of fire road which link the sections together.

The trail is fully rollable and it's surface predominantly easy going.  However, there are some areas that are slighty more challenging with purpose built berms, closely packed trees and roots on the trail path.

The Beater Trail is accessible to everyone, including those younger peddalers amongst us, while still providing some easy going fun for those of us with more than a light recreational interest in riding.   

Whether you're just getting started, want to ride with your family or have higher aspirations, the Beater Trail can provide a little something for everyone.



Profilbild von Ross Spencer
Ross Spencer 
Aktualisierung: 10.09.2021
S1 leicht
Höchster Punkt
63 m
Tiefster Punkt
27 m


High Lodge Visitor Centre (Thetford Forest)


The gound in this area has a high concentration of sand and the dryer, summer weather combined with heavy use from lots of riders can sometimes lead to some isolated sand pits that can be tretcherous and cause bikes to "dig in" if you're not ready for them.

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If you're an avid cyclist with an interest in getting out for a blast around the forest, We'd recommend avoiding peak times like school holidays and bank holiday weekends as the site in general and it's trails can become busy during these times.  

However, all the trails at High Lodge are great for a mid-week or early evening ride when things are a bit quieter.


High Lodge, Thetford Forest, Brandon, Suffolk, IP27 0AF (58 m)
OS Grid
TL 80916 85231
52.435111, 0.659943
52°26'06.4"N 0°39'35.8"E
31U 340927 5812009


High Lodge, Thetford Forest, Brandon, Suffolk, IP27 0AF


  • Trail Head: The start of the trail is set just off of the main road into the carparks and is signposted from the Visitors Centre.
  • Road Crossing: Trail crosses the main entrance road to High Lodge here
  • The Tightrope: A purpose built and fairly flat singletrack section of the trail featuring a fairly smooth surface and some nice berms.
  • The 39 Steps: Another purpose built singletrack section of the trail which combines some small but decent berms with shallow decent until it crosses a fire road.  At this point the 39 steps climbs back through the trees until it ends at the point another fire road intersects it.
  • Short/Long Route Split: Turn left at the sign to follow the longer Beater Trail route with it's extended loop or head straight on to follow the shorter 6mile/10km route back towards High Lodge
  • The Duck & Cover: Another fun singletrack section of the trail with some closely packed trees and purpose made berms to provide some further entertaining riding.
  • Long Loop Ends: The extended Beater Trail Loop rejoins the shorter loop at this point and begins to head back towards the Visitors Centre.
  • The 39 Steps: Our second visit here and another opportunity to enjoy the tight turns and berms of the 39 Steps.
  • Short/Long Route Split: You'll find yourself back at the Short Route/Long Route sign here giving you a choice to head straight on and continue heading back towards the Information Centre or, if you're still full of energy, turn left again and do another loop on the extended route.


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Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel

There is a train station in the local town of Brandon, situated approximately 1.5 miles from the entrance to the lodge grounds and 3 miles from the Lodge car park itself.  It's worth noting that cycle space on these trains is limited.


From the A11 take the B1107 towards Brandon and look for signs to the entrance on your left.


There is plenty of paid parking available at the site although it can become very busy at peak times (e.g. school summer holidays).

Prices are:

  • Early bird exit before 11am:  £3.00
  • Up to 1 hour:  £2.00
  • Up to 2 hours: £5.00
  • Up to 3 hours: £8.00
  • Up to 4 hours: £10.00
  • All day: £12.50


OS Grid
TL 80916 85231
52.435111, 0.659943
52°26'06.4"N 0°39'35.8"E
31U 340927 5812009
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This route is ridable by almost every type of bike although mtb tyres will provide some benefit during the winter season.  Bike and helmet hire is available from Bike Art, which is located next door to the cafe at the site of the main lodge.

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