A few weeks ago we visited Bacton Woods in Norfolk. It’s car park is located 2 1/2 miles north east of North Walsham and is free. There are no toilet facilities on site. The wood, also known as Witton Woods, is owned by the Forestry Commission and their website has directions. Bacton Woods is popular with dog walkers and horse riders.
Bacton woods is a mixture of conifer plantation, woodland and open areas. It has over 30 species of trees including Scots and Corsican Pine, Western Hemlock, Douglas Fir and Larch.
The wood covers 280 acres. There are three colour coded forest trials around the woods which range from 1.3 miles to 2.5 miles. The pushchair friendly paths are clearly marked, although you are still able to go off the route into the forest.
We soon located the Bacton Wood pond. Although it was more of a big puddle, Adam loved throwing stones into the pond. The light shining through the trees was beautiful.
Adam had a fantastic time running everywhere and loved trying to climb the huge 200 year old Sessile Oak. The hilly forest was perfect for Adam to hide amongst.
Bacton Woods is also home to a bronze age burial mound and an ancient pot boiling site, although we didn’t find them on this visit. We shall certainly be revisiting Bacton Woods again next year to see the Bluebells when they bloom.
We originally went to Bacton Woods to find the tree sculpture created by Richard Bray. We walked around the whole wood before we realised it was right next to the car park! The sculpture is certainly an optical illusion!
The tree sculpture was created in 2008. You can see pictures of how he created it here.
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Adam was 2 years and 5 months old.