Breaking New Ground

Reconnecting People with The Brecks

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Brecks Trail

The focus of this project is the effective management of visitors to the Brecks. This project has created a long distance, multi-use trail, connecting the two country parks at West Stow and Brandon, as well as the two major forest plantations of Thetford Forest and King’s Forest. It will raise awareness of the Brecks as a distinct geographical area, and more effectively manage visitors away from more sensitive sites and open access areas where there may be ground nesting birds or rare species. Where the route passes through sensitive areas, negative impact is mitigated against by interpretation and information informing users of the need to minimise disturbance by staying to the route, avoiding certain areas during nesting season and keeping dogs on leads. This trail connects countryside sites, tourists attractions and tourism businesses at West Stow, Elveden and Brandon benefitting the local tourism economy (the value of a day visitor is estimated at (£18/person)


  • Visitors/walkers better informed of biodiversity and landscape sensitivity
  • Diffuse disturbance to open access areas reduced
  • More people able to access the landscape
  • On-line information and downloadable leaflet
  • Regular guided walks

Always something different to see, whatever the season.