BACTON WOOD – Wonderful woodland walks and cycle trails near Boundary Stables
Only six miles away from Boundary Stables lies Bacton Wood near the little village of Witton (Locally known as Witton Wood, it’s around 2.5 miles from Bacton itself.)
Bacton Wood is a hidden gem and one of my favourite woodlands in Norfolk. Forestry Commission owned, these 280 acres of woodland are well worth a visit!
Pockets of Ancient woodland and two 200-year-old sessile oaks still remain alongside stretches of pine, beech, birch, wellingtonia and many other species. The vast variety of habitats mean there’s a good chance of seeing plenty of wildlife. Roe, red and muntjac deer are a common sight here along with green and lesser-spotted woodpeckers, tree creepers, sparrow-hawks, blue and great tits to name a few, so bring along some binoculars. At dusk you are likely to see and hear tawny owls and also bats during spring and summer time.
There are several marked trails to follow, ranging from the 1.3 mile ‘Red Trail,’ the 2 mile ‘Blue Trail’ and the 2.5 mile ‘Yellow Trail.’ Or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, there are plenty of windy footpaths off the beaten track making it a great place to walk your dogs and explore. The woodland paths are un-surfaced dirt tracks and may be unsuitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs, especially in wet conditions.
Bacton Wood is also a popular with cyclists for leisurely bike rides on flatter wider tracks (the Red Trail,) or the varied terrain and elevations of smaller tracks are ideal for mountain bikes. During your stay, Boundary Stables have bikes and trailers available to hire – why not take one for a spin?
If it’s a lovely day for a picnic there are picnic-benches in the main car park north of the wood and several benches along the marked Red Trail. There are no facilities at Bacton Wood; the nearest public toilets are at Walcott along the seafront. The Car Park is free of charge and open dawn till dusk, so stay as little or as long as you like!
How to get there –
Postcode – NR28 9UE. Bacton Wood is signposted on Old Hall Road, Witton. The entrance to the main car park is at the Edingthorpe crossroads. https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Bacton+Woods+Car+Parkfirstname.lastname@example.org,1.4386085,17z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x47d75051343545f7:0xed1eb368bcbd3b6c