Thetford Improved Mountain Biking EnviRonment

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Forestry Operations


The High Lodge Area is currenty undergoing extensive thinning and felling operations, this has all been planned to minimise distruption to the cycle trails and other public access to the forest. Inevitably though there are areas that are out of bounds for periods of time.

Although these operations may be inconvenient, they are a necessary part of forest life. Please obey the signs and do not enter these areas even during the evenings and weekends, as depending on weather conditions (and even market conditions), the crews may well be working extended hours. Any 'near misses' or conflicts with machinery or contractors and public encroaching onto operations areas will only cause delays or worse (machinery v cyclist? .... the machine WILL win!). Please allow the crews to complete their work as quickly as possible and stay out of the area while operations are ongoing.

Thank you for your cooperation and support.

High Lodge information: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry//INFD-9DLLD3




Thanks to our relationship with the Forestry Commission, TIMBER were allocated a place on an officially recognized, 2 day, 4 x 4 course on a former gravel pit in Suffolk.

The weather was kind on the two days but unfortunately hadn’t been the previous weekend. This resulted in thick mud and large areas under water. Instructor Pam Bicknall, an ex RAF engineer and lifelong Land Rover enthusiast, did her best to get us out there driving, but in the poor conditions it did mean digging and winching the FC Ford Ranger, and even Pam’s own Discovery, out of the mud on a number of occasions.

The pictures here, and on the forum, don’t give a true reflection of the conditions!

Many thanks to Emma at the FC for enabling TIMBER to participate, and thanks also to the FC guys on the course, Adrian and Simon, for their help and encouragement. Luckily we got Simon’s Ford Ranger back in almost one piece!

On top of all that, we all passed our LANTRA 4 x 4 certification … some with more faults than others..humm.


Christmas at High Lodge Cafe


On Friday 20th Churchill Catering laid on a Christmas lunch for all the staff of the partners and associated businesses of the High Lodge & FC site.  I can say categorically that all the Cafe staff did a fantastic job of delivering a great meal and a highly enjoyable afternoon!  All the Timber members that were there would like to thank Beverly, Emily and all the staff for all their hardwork, not only for the Christmas meal but for putting up with us throughout the year, keeping us fuelled up with tea, coffee and food. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year from all the Timber trailpixies!

Martin (Moe) Monaghan



End of Year Club Ride


The TIMBER MTB end of year club ride is getting to be a bit of a tradition. Last year saw a great turnout, so why not come along, wear off some of that Christmas excess and discover some new off-piste trails at the same time.

As an added bonus TIMBER MTB sponsors Sussed Out Suspension will be attending and will set-up at Santon Downham FC car park at 9am offering all TIMBER riders a free pre-ride suspension check & set-up. After a pre-ride chin wag anyone who's interested can arrange to take one of their demo bikes on the ride. After the ride they will be around for the afternoon offering further bike demos if required.

Saturday 28th December, Santon Downham FC car park at 10:00am

(9am for suspension check/bike demos)

If you have any questions, please post them on our forum. Everyone is welcome, so hope to see you there!

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TIMBER MTB is the volunteer trail group in Thetford Forest working with the FC to improve the trails

Trail Conditions

Fast and dry, bit loose in places, but good fun
Updated by rshall 7 days ago.

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