Gruffalo Trail at High Lodge, Thetford #weloveforests

For the past few months I had been planning a trip to complete the Gruffalo Trail at High Lodge, Thetford our local Forestry Commission site.  After missing an event elsewhere (which turned out not to be great) I was determined to take Roo and Tigger to see the Gruffalo.  

Then last month I began to see posts from Me and My Shadow, Mari’s World, and Cookie Jar Life which showed that the Forestry Commission were making 15 Gruffalo sculptures to be placed throughout the UK at some of the Gruffalo Trail sites. You can just imagine my joy at finding out that they were going to be placing on of them at High Lodge, so Saturday 7th June has been highlighted on my calendar ever since.

Fast forward to that magical Saturday, I packed a picnic, loaded Roo and Tigger into the car to drive over to see the unveiling celebrations.  We’d going been in the car for about 10 mins when the heaven’s opened, thunder and lightning too… there was no way we were going to miss the Gruffalo so we continued on.

Arriving at High Lodge. Thetford was easy thanks to my trusty Sat Nav and great road signs, having never been there before I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was pleased to see that it was a one way in and one way out.  The trail and the forest itself is free to use, however you just have to pay for car parking which is either £2.10 per hour or £11.00 for the day which considering you have no entrance fees to pay you are getting a great deal.

It’s EPIC! – Roo, age 7

With the rain still falling we made our way over to see where the unveiling was happening, the Mayor of Thetford was here to do the unveiling and I was pleased to see we weren’t the only ones who had misjudged the weather.

With the speeches over it was time for the countdown and the important grand unveiling…

Gruffalo Trail - Countdown to unveiling

Gruffalo Trail - Unveiling

The Gruffalo sculpture will be at the end of the trail until the end of September, then in October he will be joined by the Gruffalo’s Child until February 2015.  Needless to say I’m hoping to pop back to see the Gruffalo’s Child unveiled too!

High Lodge, Thetford – Trail dates

11 April – 30 September. No booking required. Suitable for ages two to six(ty). A giant Gruffalo sculpture was delivered to High Lodge on the 7th June.

Trail starting point

High Lodge Information Point.

Gruffalo activity leaflet

Buy your activity leaflet from the High Lodge Information Point (9am-6pm). Cost £2.

Length of trail

Approx 1 mile.

Despite being a little wet we headed off on the Gruffalo trail which starts opposite the information desk.  We did purchase on of the activity leaflets but as it was so wet we didn’t bother to complete it (to be honest I don’t feel we missed out by not completing it).

Gruffalo Trail - Starts Here

A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood…

Gruffalo Trail - A Mouse

Along the Gruffalo trail there are plenty of signs to make sure you are heading in the right direction, as well as information points which as questions about the story and the forest.

Whilst walking around we suddenly came across the Owl, which if you know the story is incorrect as it should be the Fox that we met first.  We started to retrace our steps to see whether we had missed the Fox however after speaking with others on the trail they hadn’t seen the Fox either.  So we continued on…

Gruffalo Trail - An Owl

Along the trail there are play areas with music and puzzles for the children to take part in, which breaks up the walking (although the trail is only 1 mile) and gives the little ones to make as much noise as possible.

After seeing a few dens and log piles we came across the Snake with his very own log pile in front of him which Roo and Tigger added their own log to…

Gruffalo Trail - A Snake

(Excuse Tigger’s pose, he needed the toilet and refused to wee next to a tree)

Just as we thought we were never going to find the Fox we managed to find him use before a large play area with some impressive slides.

Gruffalo Trail - A Fox

With a brief play on the park (we were getting rather wet by this point) we continued down the last leg of the trail with the Gruffalo sculpture visual through the trees, it really does command some attention (especially at 7ft tall!)…

Gruffalo Trail - There's no such thing as a Gruffalo

Silent Sunday - Roo meets the Gruffalo

We headed back to the car to eat our picnic and dry off, unfortunately we were so wet that we opted to go home rather than head back out to see what else High Lodge had on offer but we’ve planned to visit again with Mr Boo.

With Gruffalo Trails available across the UK take a look at what some others thought of their local trail… Wendover Woods, Scaley Forest and Thorndon Park

If you thought meeting the Gruffalo was exciting you need to pop over to All you need is love & cake as they spent the afternoon with Julia Donaldson (in the deep dark wood).

To find a Gruffalo Trail near you or for more information please check out the website: www.forestry.gov.uk/gruffalo

Disclosure: We received our parking at High Lodge, Thetford FOC for attending the unveiling.

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10 Comments

  1. June 10, 2014 / 5:07 pm

    Thanks for the link, and what gorgeous photos! It looks like the perfect start to the Gruffalo’s 15th anniversary

  2. KATHARINE BOURNE-FRANCIS
    June 11, 2014 / 8:08 am

    Wow, this looks like so much fun! even in the rain lol

  3. Alison Turnnidge
    June 11, 2014 / 9:06 am

    Looks like great fun, shall have to see if the Gruffalo is coming to a forest near us

  4. June 11, 2014 / 1:47 pm

    Wow that looks like so much fun! (despite the good old british weather ;)) xx

  5. June 11, 2014 / 11:19 pm

    I do love these Gruffalo posts. The Forestry Commission have dome so well to link up with this idea. I so want to create my own Gruffalo trail here at Coombe Mill, we have the perfect space. Glad you found the missing fox and I do love the natural wood play areas in all the forestry commision woods. A lovely day out despite the rain. Thank you for sharing on Country Kids.

  6. June 12, 2014 / 8:12 am

    We stopped off at a FC place on the way back from our holiday on Monday but didn’t see a Gruffalo sadly 🙁 It was our first visit to FC though and we will definitely be going back! x

  7. June 12, 2014 / 8:35 pm

    That looks like so much fun! I don’t know who would like it better – my daughter or ME! lol!

  8. Kirsty Woods
    June 13, 2014 / 5:02 pm

    Wow, looks great. Love the Gruffalo

  9. October 7, 2015 / 11:25 pm

    The Gruffalo trails were so good. I am gutted that we didn’t see more of the carvings.

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