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Nene Park and the River Nene -  Parking can be found at the Nene Park Trust in the village of Castor. Nene Park stretches for 10 km along the beautiful valley of the River Nene immediately west of Peterborough. At its heart is Ferry Meadows Country Park, situated in a large meander of the river Nene, with its lakes, meadows and woodlands that make it a favourite destination for thousands of visitors throughout the year who enjoy the park for its accessible and attractive countryside setting.  

Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve - The Nature Trail and Adventurers' Trail take the visitor through over two miles of the Reserve, passing through many different habitats and management areas. In wet weather these trails can be quite muddy. The Nature Trail includes the Tower Hide, one of the oldest hides in the country. Parts of the Nature Trail can be hard walking in hot or wet weather.


Wheatley Wood-  Near:Rayleigh, Essex. Size: 33.95 ha (83.89 acres). Grid ref:TQ784912. OS map sheets:OS Landranger 178, Explorer 175 This large site is a quiet and natural place within a relatively busy and developed part of Essex, providing a haven for wildlife and a valuable resource for local residents. The site is surrounded by large residential areas and is heavily used by the local population. This is a Woodland Trust Walk.


Hoddesdon Park Wood -  Near: Lord Street, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. Size: 62.02 ha (153.25 acres). Grid ref: TL351085. OS map sheets: OS Landranger 166, Explorer 174. Hoddesdon Park is a delightful oak-hornbeam wood with a decidedly majestic feel. This is due to the grandness of its numerous tall, straight mature oaks and beautiful hornbeam with their twisted branches and smooth, grey trunks. Visit in summer and you’ll be greeted by the heady scent of honeysuckle which festoons many of the trees – a great draw for the white admiral butterfly. By following the waymarked trail you’ll get a feel for the size of the wood as it winds over stream and beside an ancient moat. This is a Woodland Trust Walk.

Merry Hill - Near: Bushey, Hertfordshire. Size: 75.86 ha (187.45 acres)Grid ref:TQ131940 OS map sheets: OS Landranger 176, Explorer 173 Merry Hill is a superb 76ha woodland creation site located between Harrow and Watford on the outskirts of London. Despite being only 15 miles from central London and surrounded by the outlying suburbs of Bushey, Oxhey and Carpenders Park, Merry Hill fits snugly into a surprisingly rural and wooded landscape. Merry Hill is extremely popular with the local residents and it is well connected to the public rights of way network. This is a Woodland Trust Walk.

Wormley Wood & Nut Wood - Near: Hoddesdon nr Hertford, Hertfordshire. Size:142.48 ha (352.08 acres). Grid ref:TL317057. OS map sheets: OS Landranger 166, Explorer 174. High on the list of “must see” woods is this national nature reserve with its vast expanse of ancient woodland populated by huge old oaks that feel centuries old. This is a Woodland Trust Walk.

Tring Park - Near: Tring, Hertfordshire. Size: 107.22 ha (264.95 acres). Grid ref: SP929102. OS map sheets: OS Landranger 165, Explorer 181. A walk through Tring Park evokes a sense of the rich history of this unusual parkland, which is believed to date back to 1066. The woodland is concentrated on the upper slopes where the mixed broadleaves and conifers include ancient beech, ash and yew with scattered sequoias and elegant yew and lime avenues. King Charles Ride, a long distance footpath, runs through the site and provides wonderful views across the Chilterns. The Ridgeway National Trail is being redirected along the bridleway at the top of the scarp. This is a Woodland Trust Walk.


Brancaster Beach - Brancaster Beach is dog walk heaven with its miles of golden sand. Dogs just love it here, there is the opportunity for dogs to dig and paddle in the water. There are restrictions to this beach on certain times of the year, so before going for a walk with your dog it is best to check. parking is available, but there are charges at certain times of year.

Burlingham Woods - Between Brundall and Acle - situated just off the A47 Norwich to Yarmouth main road. sp North Burlingham go on slip road and take track on left park by St Andrews church. dogs do not have to be on leads. information on boards. some paths are gravel lots of sections, can't get lost. Walk Grade: Easy - Woodland: Yes - Information: Yes - Parking: Yes - Cicular Walk: Yes - Distance: 1mile to 3 or 4 mile. Walk kindly supplied by Brenda 

Holkham Beach - Access to the pay car park is directly from the A149 coastal road to the west of Wells-next-the-Sea. Everybody loves the wide open spaces of Holkham beach. At low tide the sand stretches to the horizon and that’s likely to be where you’re dog will be heading as soon as they’re off the lead – and if this beach is good enough for Gwyneth P (where she filmed scenes for Shakespeare in Love) it’s good enough for your beloved dog.

Fairhaven Woodland & Water Gardens - 131 acres of beautiful ancient woodland, water gardens and a private broad at South Walsham in the heart of the Norfolk Broads. Open every day of the year except Christmas Day, so get away from it all and explore the wonderful woodland.

Thetford Forest Park - Thetford Forest Park is located on the border of Norfolk and Suffolk in the heart of Breckland in East Anglia. Thetford Forest is a patchwork of pines, heathland and broadleaves providing the ideal setting for a day out, and a welcome refuge for a rich variety of animal and plant life. Many visitors are attracted by the peace and tranquility of Thetford Forest as well as the wide range of recreation facilities. Why not take a walk at Lynford in the Arboretum or around the lake.

Reffley Wood - Near:King's Lynn, Norfolk. Size: 52.34 ha (129.33 acres) Grid ref:TF655218. Many flowers associated with ancient woodland thrive along the wide rides, including bluebells, primrose and wild garlic. Generally a flat site, some paths stay dry throughout the year while others can become particularly wet in winter. Bear in mind that sections of the wood may be closed for management work at certain times. This is a Woodland Trust Walk.

Snakeshill Wood Near: Old Costessy, Norfolk. Size:6.34 ha (15.67 acres) Grid ref:TG159119. OS map sheets:OS Landranger 133,Explorer 237,Explorer 238 .Situated on a steep ridge overlooking Old Costessey, Snakeshill is a prominent feature of the local landscape and enjoyed by local people Because the ridge has just a thin layer of light soil over gravel, the wood is well drained so paths remain relatively dry throughout the year. Since acquiring the site in 1995, the Woodland Trust has extended the path network so visitors can enjoy a circular route. From the main entrance at the eastern end, steps ascend the steep slope to join a wide path that follows the top of the ridge. On its way this route crosses a sunken track, goes through a section of rhododendron and beside rough grassland where pigs were once kept. This is a Woodland Trust Walk.

Bacton Wood - North Walsham is the nearest town or village. Bacton Wood is two and a half miles north east of North Walsham. Bacton Woods has three waymarked trail which vary between 2 and 4 kilometers. The main paths in the wood make this a great place for family cycling while the labyrinth of paths winding through the trees are a challenge for the more adventurous. This is a Forestry Commission Walk.

Winterton Dunes/Beach - Hemsby. Park at winterton Beach car park. v.good cafe. toilets , coastguard. Can walk for miles in either directio. seals on beach be careful of seal pup and nesting terns in summer. also adders. dogs can access dunes and beach all year round. dunes are hilly good shoes recommended. Walk Grade: Moderate - Parkland - Beach - Parking: Yes have to pay - Toliets: Yes - Information: Yes. Walk kindly supplied by Brenda 


Dunwich Heath & Beach - Saxmundham - Coastal lowland heath sandy cliffs and beach, rich in wildlife, offering tranquillity and excellent views. Remote and beautiful stretch of Suffolk coastline. Heathland and shore-side walks, shady woods and sandy cliffs. Good network of walks along coast and around heath. Three waymarked trails on Dunwich Heath with map and information in guidebook. Circular walks taking in Mount Pleasant Farm and further afield RSPB Minsmere, Dunwich Forest and Westleton NNR.

Kessingland Beach - Situated between Lowestoft and Southwold. An Ideal beach as there are no restrictions, dogs are allowed all year round.

Ickworth Garden - Horringer, Bury St Edmunds. The extensive 1,800 acres of wooded parkland, created in part by 'Capability' Brown, is a living landscape rich in plant, animal, and bird life. Some parts cultivated and grazed (please keep your dogs on a lead near livestock) yet much can be explored and enjoyed. Some waymarked field margins may also be walked.

West Stow Country Park - 4 miles north of Bury St Edmunds. West Stow Country Park covers 125 acres of varied countryside on the southern edge of The Breckland. You can follow the outer paths in the park but there are many variations that can be used as alternatives for shorter routes. From the car park walk towards the visitor centre and turn right on the nature trail through the trees at the rear and parallel to the road.  

Pound Farm - Near:Great Glemham, Suffolk. Size:89.67 ha (221.58 acres)Grid ref:TM322630. OS map sheets:OS Landranger 156,Explorer 212 Set in a rolling landscape of farmland, woodland and hedgerows, Pound Farm is making an important contribution to replenishing East Anglia’s lost heritage. Open and welcoming, the meadows are attractive in early summer with their swaying grasses and colourful mix of oxeye daisy, meadow buttercup, bird's foot trefoil, salad burnet, black medick, selfheal and yarrow. A great place for children to play. An extensive ride network, open spaces, information boards and car parking facilities are provided to bring maximum enjoyment to visitors. This is a Woodland Trust Walk.

Phoenix Trail, Rendlesham Wood - Woodbridge is the nearest town or village. From Ipswich, follow the A12 north. Turn off at the roundabout which is signposted to Orford. Follow the road to Orford (B1084) and the forest is located on both sides of the road. The Phoenix Trails were named to celebrate the recovery from the great storm of 1987. There are 2 trails which both start from the car park. The Easy Access Trail is approx 1200m long and is also suitable for wheelchair access. The longer trail, with red waymarkers takes in a variety of habitats around the forest including heathland, wetland and broadleaved areas. Follow the Red Markers. Length of trail:3 miles. Approximate time of trail:1 hour. This is a Forestry Commission Walk.

Tunstal Forest - Wickham Market is the nearest town or village. From Ipswich, follow the A12 north. Turn off on the roundabout which is signposted to Orford. Follow the A1152 (signposted Snape).When you come into Tunstall village follow the B1078 which takes you through Tunstall Forest. Tunstall Forest is also located in the Suffolk Coastal belt known as The Sandlings. It consists of coniferous plantations, broadleaved belts and heathland areas which link up with both Tunstall and Blaxhall Common. These areas are very good for ground nesting birds such as the Nightjar and Woodlark. Tunstall is very popular with walkers, cyclists and horseriders alike. This is a Forestry Commission Walk.