The Brecks Trail
The Brecks is a unique and special area where the wildlife has been shaped by the soils, climate and human land use. Rabbit warrening in the medieval period led to vast open heathland with few or no trees and shrubs. Along with recent planting this has attracted very special wildlife such as woodlark, nightjars and stone curlews. Many species of plants can be found in the Brecks which cannot be seen anywhere else in Britain.
The heaths are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and nesting grounds for Stone Curlews, Nightjars and Woodlark. Stone Curlews are especially rare with just 350 pairs in the UK. Because these birds nest on the ground they are liable to disturbance. To ensure their survival please keep dogs on a short lead at all times and please follow the Countryside Code.
The Brecks Trail is a 14-miles (22.5km) linear route between Brandon Country Park and West Stow Country Park catering for walkers, cyclists and with sections available for horse riding. The trail passes through forests, open heathlands and agricultural lands. There are many points of interest along the route including Thetford Forest, the Elveden Monument and the King George V monument.
Exploring The Brecks Trail is a full day out whether you are on foot, bike or horseback. There are car parks (P&D) at Brandon and West Stow Country Parks, and horse box parking at Wideham and Mayday Farms. Suffolk Links Brecks (01638 664 304) provides an on-demand bus service that can be booked a week in advance.
Download a copy of the Brecks Trail leaflet here, or pick up a copy of The Brecks Trail at Brandon Country Park, Bury Road (B1106), Brandon. IP27 0SU. West Stow Country Park, Icklingham Road (off A1101), West Stow. IP28 6HG.