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10 walking trails which allow you to explore the beautiful Brecks

PUBLISHED: 10:30 21 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:54 22 January 2018

The iconic Brecks Scots pine lines, pictured in  Icklingham.  Picture: Phil Morley

The iconic Brecks Scots pine lines, pictured in Icklingham. Picture: Phil Morley

The Breaking New Ground Landscape Partnership, which worked to reconnect people with the Brecks, has created a leaflet of walking trails for people to explore the beauty and diversity of the area.

The Little Ouse at Santon Downham. Picture: Rebecca Murphy The Little Ouse at Santon Downham. Picture: Rebecca Murphy

The Great Estates Trail, Lynford, 4.75 miles

The route crosses land once owned by the Buckenham Tofts Hall, Didlington Hall and Lyndford Hall Estates.

East Wretham Heath near Thetford. Picture: Sonya Duncan East Wretham Heath near Thetford. Picture: Sonya Duncan

The Forest trail, Santon Downham, 4 miles

Starting in the village, the trail goes through parts of Thetford Forest and crosses the Little Ouse river.

All Saints' Church in Icklingham. Picture: Phil Morley All Saints' Church in Icklingham. Picture: Phil Morley

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Weeting Castle. Picture: Sonya Duncan Weeting Castle. Picture: Sonya Duncan

The Wildlife Trail, East Wretham, 6.5 miles

During this walk you may see some of the many species the Brecks is known for including hares, deer and birds.

Exmoor ponies on Knettishall Heath. Picture: Gregg Brown Exmoor ponies on Knettishall Heath. Picture: Gregg Brown

The Pingo Trail, Stow Bedon, 7 miles

The route allows you to explore the rare pingo ponds which were created at the end of the last ice age.

Knettishall heath. Picture: Denise Bradley Knettishall heath. Picture: Denise Bradley

The Flint Trail, Brandon, 1.5 miles

Once the flint capital of Britain, this trail highlights Brandon’s heritage and architecture.

Thetford Priory. Picture: Ian Burt Thetford Priory. Picture: Ian Burt

The Churches Trail, Icklingham, 6.75 miles

There are five churches on the route which also passes through the classic Brecks feature of Scots pine rows.

Many varieties of Snowdrops growing at Lynford Arboretum. Picture: Sonya Duncan Many varieties of Snowdrops growing at Lynford Arboretum. Picture: Sonya Duncan

The History Trail, Weeting, 3.25 miles

One of the oldest inhabited places in Norfolk, the village is home to Weeting Castle.

One of the Pingos Stow Bedon, near Watton.
 Picture: Densie Bradley One of the Pingos Stow Bedon, near Watton. Picture: Densie Bradley

The River Trail, Abbey Heath, 4.25 miles

Starting at Two Mile Bottom the trail shifts from river to forest. Otters regularly use the Little Ouse here.

Dog owners enjoy the Suffolk Wildlife Trust's Knettishall Heath. Picture: Sonya Duncan Dog owners enjoy the Suffolk Wildlife Trust's Knettishall Heath. Picture: Sonya Duncan

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The Heathland Trail, Knettishall, 5.75 miles

The linear trail mainly follows the ancient Peddars Way Roman road and explores the heathland landscape.

The Architecture Trail, Thetford, 2.50 miles

The town is home to an array of historic buildings including the ruins of the Priory of Our Lad of Thetford.

For more information visit the Breaking New Ground website

Trail information can be found here.

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