THINGS TO DO

Well, you can walk, you can climb trees, you can sit round the fire and sing songs, take selfies and instagrams of your food and insect bites, ride your bikes on proper woodland trails, or you can look for wild animals, spot birds, swim in the Nar, listen to nature happening around you, watch the sheep not doing much, say hello to the pigs, count the pheasants, build dens, play hide and seek and run away from your children for HOURS before they find you, have picnics, sling a hammock, pretend you are the famous five, Bear Grylls or a whole platoon of the SAS – really you can do pretty much what you’ve always wanted to but didn’t have anywhere to do it.

Bradmoor Woods makes an ideal base for avid ramblers and gentle strollers alike. When you’ve explored all of our incredible mature woodland, there is the Castle Acre Circular Walk and or for the more long distance, the Peddars Way and The Nar Valley Way within very close proximity to our site.

The Castle Acre Circular Walk – The best place to start this Castle Acre Circular Walk is in the middle of the village.  That way, you finish your walk in the village where there are lots of available refreshments, be it a pub or in one of the few tea rooms dotted around the centre of the village.  These is recommended on http://www.explorenorfolkuk.co.uk/castle-acre-circular-walk.html

The Peddars Way is a long distance footpath that follows the route of a Roman road. It runs through Castle Acre, Great Massingham and links with the Norfolk Coast Path at Holme-next-the-Sea. http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/peddars-way-and-norfolk-coast-path

The Nar Valley Way runs through the woods at Bradmoor.  It comes from Kings Lynn and goes through Narborough, West Acre on to Castle Acre and beyond roughly following the river Nar. http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/nar-valley-way-walking-route#

Also try looking on this website for a basic map of foot paths and bridal ways:

http://maps.norfolk.gov.uk/highways/ 

Norfolk is blessed with some incredible road cycling and it’s a real pleasure to cycle through the narrow country lanes with the breeze in your hair and sun on your face. There is also cross country cycling, Norfolk is not blessed with many hills so there aren’t any mountains to climb, however what we do have is an expansive rural landscape criss-crossed with dozens of rights of way, bridleways and tracks.  The Peddars Way being one of them, passing though Castle Acre this trail goes from Thetford the whole way to Holme next the Sea.  Thetford Forest Park is just 17 miles away from Bradmoor Woods (en-route into West Norfolk) and offers some brilliant purpose built mountain bike trails.  

http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/peddars-way-and-norfolk-coast-path/plan – The Peddars Way 

http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-77fkcw – Thetford Forest Trails and bike hire.

There are no bikes to hire locally but a short journey up to the coast and you can rent them from:

Holkham Hall  http://www.holkham.co.uk/visiting/cycle-hire  

Huff & Puff Cycles. http://www.huffandpuffcycles.co.uk/index.htm

Also try looking on this website for a basic map and bridal ways to ride on:

http://maps.norfolk.gov.uk/highways/ 

Hunstanton, Thornham, Burnham and Holkham Beaches are all an easy drive from Bradmoor Woods and make for a brilliant day out. With over 100 miles of coastline, stretching from nature reserves to Victorian seaside towns, Norfolk has so much to offer.  We are within 45 minutes of 5 of the UK’s cleanest beaches, offering all the sun, sea and sand you could possibly want.

We also recommend seal trips from Morston for a great day out try http://www.beansboattrips.co.uk/index.php

Norfolk may well be the bird watching capital of Britain, just the names of Titchwell, Cley, Holkham, Blakeney, Snettisham and Welney makes birdwatchers weak at the knees. There’s plenty to see whatever the time of year. Birds often seen at Bradmoor Woods range from Barn Owls cruising along field margins, Tawny Owls hunting small rodents in the woodland, Buzzards circling the fields and the incredible bright flashes of kingfishers along the river Narr.

Norfolk is a birdwatchers’ paradise and a wonderful place for children to begin to learn about their feathered friends.

It is possible to see some truly remarkable birds in Norfolk such as the marsh harrier, bittern and stone curlews, through to easily recognisable birds like kingfishers and geese, Norfolk has a stunning range of bird life, and beautiful nature reserves in which it can be discovered.

Not one for the faint hearted, as the spring fed waters around Bradmoor Woods are always a bit on the chilly side, but they are wonderfully invigorating.

The river Nar runs through the site at Bradmoor Woods and makes a wonderful place to take a dip and escape the heat of the day. Norfolk is one of the driest and warmest counties in England and it can get extremely warm during the high summer. We have cleared a small section of river, making it ideal to paddle or even swim in safety, although it’s not the deepest!

Bradmoor Woods is perfectly located for the avid fisherman or fishing group. The river Nar runs right through the camp and is stocked with small brown trout. Day tickets can be organised (by prior arrangement) for those wishing to fly fish this pristine Norfolk chalkstream and within a very short drive of Bradmoor Woods you can find multiple fishing centres where you can fish for everything from trophy rainbow trout through to carp and pike.

Narborough Fisheries:

Narborough Fisheries is situated in its own private 26 acre site. With beautiful chalk stream water from the River Nar running through their 5 fishing lakes, it is a fishermen’s heaven. Offering a mix of fishing with two Trout lakes (Willow and Meadow Lakes), one specimen Carp lake (Millers Lake), a general mixed coarse lake (Foresters Lake), and a newly-created Match and coarse lake (Ashford Lake) with over 9,000 fish.

Norfolk Broads:

The Norfolk Broads in the midst of the wetland landscape of reed beds and marshes located in the heart of Norfolk; offers a wide range of fishing for all levels of anglers. The Norfolk Broads is one of the best known angling locations in Britain; with over 300sq km of rivers and shallow lakes to enjoy the delights of fishing in this unique countryside.

The Norfolk Broads support a variety of fresh water fish species; Bream, Roach, Eels, Ruff, Perch, Rudd, Tench, and Pike as well as estuarine species such as Flounders, Sea Bass, Grey Mullet and Goby and migratory Sea Trout can be found close to the sea.

This part of Norfolk is blessed with some incredible pubs and is home to some fantastic breweries.

There’s the much lauded Ostrich in Castle Acre, Dabbling Duck in Great Massingham and The Stag in West Acre. Plus a host of other great pubs and restaurants to choose from.

For more recommendations please ask us.