The trail begins and ends within High Lodge, a visitor and activity centre owned by Forestry England. The trail itself is a mixture of singletrack and wider trails intermingled with one or two stretches of fire road which link the sections together.
The trail is fully rollable and it's surface predominantly easy going. However, there are some areas that are slighty more challenging with purpose built berms, closely packed trees and roots on the trail path.
The Beater Trail is accessible to everyone, including those younger peddalers amongst us, while still providing some easy going fun for those of us with more than a light recreational interest in riding.
Whether you're just getting started, want to ride with your family or have higher aspirations, the Beater Trail can provide a little something for everyone.
Rest stopsHigh Lodge Visitor Centre - Thetford Forest
Safety informationThe gound in this area has a high concentration of sand and the dryer, summer weather combined with heavy use from lots of riders can sometimes lead to some isolated sand pits that can be tretcherous and cause bikes to "dig in" if you're not ready for them.
Tips and hints
If you're an avid cyclist with an interest in getting out for a blast around the forest, We'd recommend avoiding peak times like school holidays and bank holiday weekends as the site in general and it's trails can become busy during these times.
However, all the trails at High Lodge are great for a mid-week or early evening ride when things are a bit quieter.
Getting thereFrom the A11 take the B1107 towards Brandon and look for signs to the entrance on your left.
There is plenty of paid parking available at the site although it can become very busy at peak times (e.g. school summer holidays).
- Early bird exit before 11am: £3.00
- Up to 1 hour: £2.00
- Up to 2 hours: £5.00
- Up to 3 hours: £8.00
- Up to 4 hours: £10.00
- All day: £12.50
Author’s map recommendations
This route is ridable by almost every type of bike although mtb tyres will provide some benefit during the winter season. Bike and helmet hire is available from Bike Art, which is located next door to the cafe at the site of the main lodge.