Bacton Wood is two and a half miles north-east of North Walsham on the Happisburgh Road. It is owned by The Forestry Commission and is part managed by North Norfolk District Council, together forming the Bacton Woods Countryside Partnership Project. Known locally as Witton Woods this 113 hectare site is a mosaic of conifer plantation, mixed woodland and open areas. There are 30 species of trees within the wood, some native and some introduced. The site as seen today was mainly planted between 1956 and 1971. Much of the central and southern area was formally heathland, and you will find heather, broom and gorse. The area north of the forest was an Ancient broadleaf woodland, managed by the thinning and felling of conifers, this has encouraged natural regeneration of the broadleaf species and plants such as Bluebells, Wood Sorrel and Dogs Mercury, which are indicative of old woodland. A bronze age burial mound, an old Oak, pond and an ancient pot boiling site can all be found in the woods. When investigating the pot boiling site look out for shards of small pieces of broken flint, these are the remains of stones that have been heated up and then dropped into pots to warm them; occasionally they shattered on the fire. There are 3 marked trails ranging from 2 to 4 kilometres as Bacton Woods is an excellent place for all types of orienteering, walking, horse riding and cycling. For the more adventurous mountain biker, there are a labyrinth of minor paths winding through the trees and up and down this surprisingly hilly terrain. Many regular events are held at Bacton Woods such as cross country running, competitions, orienteering, night exercises, rambling, wildlife watching and navigation exercises.
Please see www.northnorfolk.org or contact the Event Ranger on % 01263 513811.