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We have been asked by High Lodge Centre to tell our members that due to the capacity restrictions in force in site, it is best to avoid arriving between 10:30 and 14:00 at weekends as it has been necessary to shut the gates due to the maximum number of cars on site on a number of occasions.

This has led to unacceptable parking on the road outside and as a result the Police have attended and offence tickets issued.

The situation is monitored constantly and it is hoped that capacity will gradually be increased, as other venues also open and the visitor load is spread more evenly.

Up to date info can be found at all times on the FE High Lodge website and their Facebook pages.

We hope you understand these capacity rules are for safety reasons in these challenging times, and obviously we want both visitors and staff to stay safe whilst on site.

Thank you

Accessible Forest

The new wheelchair being admired by the Monday Volunteers and Forestry Commission staff

One of the aims of Friends of Thetford Forest is to improve access to the forest for everyone, especially at High Lodge Forest Centre. In line with this aim the Friends of Thetford Forest has purchased a wheelchair which can be used by visitors to the site or in emergencies (more details are available from the Information Point at High Lodge).

One of the mobility bikes in use at High Lodge

The picture, left, shows the new wheelchair being admired by the Monday Volunteers and Forestry Commission staff at High Lodge.

In addition, Bike Art at High Lodge Forest Centre has a small range of cycles for those with limited ability to ride a conventional bicycle, available at standard rates. For those with sensory deprivation such as profound deafness or partial sight or who would otherwise be unsafe riding conventional bikes there are tandems. For wheelchair users, Bike Art can hire out a tricycle that incorporates a removable chair or a tricycle that incorporates a platform with secure fastenings for the user's own wheelchair. All of these specialised cycles were donated by Friends of Thetford Forest.

A leaflet promoting them has been produced and can be posted or emailed on request by emailing

Trailing the Hidden Heritage of High Lodge

FoTF were also heavily involved in the Trailing the Hidden Heritage of High Lodge project. This 4.2km trail, with shortcuts at 1km and 3km, will provide access for everyone into the Forest from High Lodge Centre, as it has a surface suitable for pushchiars, wheelchairs and mobility scooters and benches and perches at 100m intervals. Click here read more about Trailing the Hidden Heritage of High Lodge

Monday Volunteers

The Monday Volunteers are members of FoTF who come to High Lodge with their carers and carry out a variety of tasks to help maintain and look after the surroundings. These tasks include ensuring that footpaths and cycle tracks and the Sound Trail and Play Areas are cleared of weeds, litter, and obstructions. They have also laid out new garden areas around Oak Lodge and planted a mixture of herbs and winter-flowering shrubs.