The Brecks

One of the great natural areas of Britain

Breathe in The Brecks

The Brecks is an ideal place to explore, whether it’s walking, cycling, horse riding, fishing, bird watching, golfing or sight-seeing. The Brecks has something for all tastes.

Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the pine forests or the lonely beauty of the Heaths.  Tread in the steps of our ancestors on one of the ancient trackways such as the Peddars Way National Trail, Angles, Iceni or Icknield Ways.

  • Walking is an ideal way to explore the history, landscape and wildlife of this unique part of England.
  • The Brecks is in the heart of England’s cycling country.  Its expansive landscapes of forest, heath and farmland make varied, easy cycling. 
  • A special place for horse riding with light sandy soil providing excellent riding throughout the year.   Learn to ride in the Brecks at one of the many equestrian centres, or bring your horse on holiday and stay with one of the many accommodation providers that offer special facilities for horses. Visit the CAReFREE Project page for more details.
  • For the more sporting the Brecks offers some quality golf courses, fishing lakes and Country Clubs.  With a total of 10 golf courses across the area it’s a great place for a golfing holiday.

Local Attractions


Once a country house with extensive parkland, there is plenty for today's visitor to see and do.  Attractions include landscaped parkland with lawn and lake; walled garden; visitor centre; tree and history trail; forest walks and cycles; and an adventure play area. 


Set in a beautiful Tudor house, this museum tells the remarkable story of Thetford and the Brecks. Discover rich collections alongside audio guides, films and animations.


A carefully reconstructed Anglo-Saxon Village (c.420-650AD) with houses to explore, aromas of wood smoke, and, on special exhibition days, the chance to meet Saxon Characters and their livestock.


Here you'll find Go-Ape, Bike Art cycle shop and hire, restaurants and access to miles and miles of forest rides. Watch out for the summer outdoor concerts with chart topping acts performing under the sky. Find out more and book online at

Go Ape is the tree top adventure with rope ladders, tree-top crossings, Tarzan swings, zip wires and safety training.


Home of The English Whisky Co. is the first distillery in England in over 100 years and part of Norfolk's heritage, based just off the A11 at Roudham. The distillery is open to the public 7 days a week and is well worth a visit. Do a tour to see the gleaming copper stills or just browse the shop where you can also find over 200 different whiskies for sale and a wonderful selections of gift ideas.  St Georges Distillery became operational in December 2006, and opened its doors to the public in 2007


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  1. ©Niall Benvie RSPB

    Walking in the Brecks

    Walking in the Brecks is an instant holiday.  There's always something different to see, whatever the season. Take a local route or follow an ancient trackway such as the Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path National Trail. Read more »

  2. Cycling in the Brecks

    The Brecks is in the heart of England’s cycling country. Its expansive landscapes of forest, heath and farmland make varied, easy cycling. Many of the flat and straight roads have relatively little traffic on.  There is a good mix of easy going routes for all the family, to the more challenging off-road routes for those seeking greater adventure. Read more »

  3. CAReFREE Project

    The CAReFREE itineraries are designed to encourage visitors to explore and enjoy the special landscapes of the East of England with minimal impact on the environment, while generating positive benefits for local people. Read more »