The Brecks

One of the great natural areas of Britain

©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.

Top Tip - The Brecks Bus and Flexibus are available to help visitors get out and about in the countryside. For more information visit:

Suffolk Links Brecks

Norfolk County Council Flexibus

Long Distance Routes 

Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path National Trail- A quarter of this distinctive route lies within the Brecks, starting at Knettishall Heath through to Holme-next-the-Sea. Peddars Way is suitable for people with special access needs and most of it is open to cyclists. 67 miles / 107 km.

The Icknield Way Path- Knettishall Heath to the Berkshire Ridgeway, via the Chilterns.105 miles/165km.

Angles Way- The ‘Broads to the Brecks' path, linking Knettishall Heath with Great Yarmouth via the Little Ouse and Waveney valleys. 77 miles / 124 km.

Iceni Way- Knettishall Heath to Holme-next-the-Sea via Brandon and the Fens.

The Harling Drove- Covering between Roudham Heath and Bromehill at Weeting, connecting with Peddars Way. Much of the trail is off-road on sandy tracks. 10 miles/16.25 km

The Little Ouse Path- A gentle meandering walk through the Little Ouse valley, total route is off-road.
10 mile/16.25 km

The Weeting Village Trail- Easy circular route visiting some of the local features of interest. For the more adventurous there are footpath links to other parts of the parish and further afield. 3 miles/5 km

Local Routes

Aspal Close- Local nature reserve with wheelchair accessible path leading from car park. ( 01638 719000

Brandon Country Park- Tree and Heritage trails. Contact Brandon Country Park on 01842 810185

Brandon Riverside Walks-Footpaths near the Little Ouse. Contact Forest Heath District Council ( 01638 719000

Cockley Cley Lake-Lakeside nature trail. Contact 01760 724588

The Great Eastern Pingo Trail- Thompson and Hockham area, incl. Peddars Way and Thompson Common Nature Reserve.

Knettishall Heath Country Park- Four waymarked trails through heathland, woodland and riverside.

The Lark Valley Path-Bury St Edmunds to Mildenhall along the Lark Valley.
Contact The Lark Valley Association: 0870 8030263.

Thetford Forest High Lodge-Ten waymarked forest trails. Contact Forestry Commission 01842 810271.

West Stow Country Park-‘Impact of Man' and nature trails. Contact West Stow Country Park & Anglo-Saxon Village ( 01284 728718

Useful Information


The Ramblers Association- Head Office:0207 3598500, Norfolk Area:01953 861094, Suffolk Area:01842 761239.

The Icknield Way Association- publishes a comprehensive Walkers' Guide and accommodation list for the Icknield Way Path.

The Long Distance Walkers Association- provides information, support and events for those interested in long distance walking