Little Ouse Path

Little Ouse Path

The Little Ouse Path is a popular walk for those seeking a gentler stroll in Norfolk. Stretching for 10-miles, the way-marked path begins in the town centre of Thetford and follows the Little Ouse River all the way to Brandon.  

Following flat terrain through the Little Ouse Valley, the route can be explored on foot, by bike, or on horseback. You can look forward to wandering through a diverse range of landscapes, from enchanting forests and towns to fascinating historic sites and open heathland.  

Along this moderately challenging walk, you will spot a variety of wildlife, including kingfishers, swans, and herons. The Little Ouse Path is a great way to get out amongst nature and soak up Norfolk’s natural beauty. 

If you fancy taking a detour, the Little Ouse Path offers easy access to the stunning Thetford Forest. Spanning 18,730 hectares, the forest offers a hub of activity, including cycling, mountain biking, horse riding, Go Ape, Segways, orienteering, disc golf, and adventure play parks.  

The walk ends in the 30-acre Brandon Country Park in Suffolk, where you can relax in the beautiful walled garden, continue your stroll along one of the many nature trails, or discover the ‘haunted’ mausoleum.  

For those wanting to get out and explore Norfolk and Suffolk all in one handy route, look no further than the Little Ouse Path. 

Grab your walking boots and embark on a walk to remember along the Little Ouse Path… 


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  1. Starting point: The walk begins in the town centre of Thetford at the train station, where you will follow a couple of narrow paths until you reach Water Lane, continue on where you will pass the ruins of St. Mary’s Priory.
  2. The park: You will reach a small park with a weir, continue through beyond the weir, where the route passes under a road and sticks close to the waters edge as it reaches the A11
  3.  Abbey Heath Weir: Approximately 1km beyond the A11, you will hear the sound of tumbling water as you approach Abbey Heath Weir. From here the route will lead you into the woodland and towards a nearby power station
  4. Power Station: Continue past the power station where you will come to sign directing you towards the village of Santon Downham approx 2 1/2 miles away.
  5. Woodland: The route will continue to lead you through the woodland and across a wooden bridge. Follow the ready made tracks, bare right and continue to follow the tracks, through further forest, and out near Little Lodge Farm.
  6. Beyond Little Lodge Farm: Walk past the farm where the route joins a long track which leads you through the trees and onto the road towards Santon Downham
  7. Santon Downham: You will enter the village by the Grade I Listed church, before continuing on through the village and venturing across a narrow bridge, where you will take a left towards the village of Brandon.
  8. Brandon: The final stretch of the trail follows alongside the Little River Ouse, and enters Brandon by a small housing estate.
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