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Explore The Brecks: Breckland in Suffolk

The Brecks is an area of Breckland in Suffolk and southern Norfolk. It’s a strange landscape, characterized by the twisted scots pines of Thetford Forest, purple heathland, rare wildlife, and uncommonly blue skies. As one of the driest places in the UK, the Breckland in Suffolk is favoured by walkers, cyclists and adventure sport enthusiasts. It’s also rich in human history, the towns and villages in The Brecks some of the most intriguing places to go in Suffolk.

The Breckland in Suffolk is ideal for outdoor sports, and there are cycle routes, walking trails and bridle paths winding across Thetford Forest and the rest of The Brecks. Active families and friends looking for a holiday base should head to the tiny village of Elveden, home to a Center Parcs and a country estate offering delicious food and outdoor activities, or head straight to the heart of The Brecks: Thetford Forest. This deep pine forest is home to many rare birds, hare and deer, and offers rivers for wild swimming, a recreation park, and Go Ape, an adventure centre high in the treetops.

Suffolk Myths: The Magic Dell

Standing on the edge of Thetford Forest and providing a gateway to The Brecks is Brandon. In prehistoric times Brandon was a flint-mining town, and its ancient flint mine is the only one of its kind open to the public. Today, Brandon is an ideal base for those wishing to spend a few days exploring The Brecks.

Head south in The Brecks and you can discover more ancient history, this time at West Stow. First discovered in the 1960s, and later reconstructed into a working settlement, West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village enables visitors to see how the Anglo-Saxons lived, and even learn some Dark Ages skills.

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