This is a delightful rural break in the grounds of a former stately house. The park itself is quite large and the network of paths takes you through varied aspects of the grounds. In the middle you may stumble upon the Bliss family mausoleum. Close to Brandon and Thetford, this is a good doggie pitstop from the A11.
April 2019: things have clearly changed since we were there is 2018, as you can see by the photo of a very off-lead Jem! Can anyone local update on the dog ruling here please?
P&D car park. Copper Beech cafe - really nice home-made cakes. WC+disabled+RADAR, picnic area by the cafe, visitor centre and gift shop, children's play area' dog bins and bags provided
There are numerous paths to follow in the park, including three coloured trails (red trail: 1.25 miles, purple trail: 3.5 miles, orange trail: 6 miles). Full details of these and other walks can be found at the visitor centre. However, there's lots of exploring to be done by just following your dog's nose. We did the red route and really enjoyed it. Some of the paths are surfaced.
CurlycatGreen 30 Points
Didn't get further than the car park
OK, so we could have given this more of a try but it was the least dog friendly country park ever. According to notices in the car park, dogs were to be kept on leads at all times in the park, and were not allowed in any part of the Copper Beach cafe. I understand that parks need to cater for a wide range of users, but the whole point for us on a long car journey is to be able to give the dogs a good run, off lead, and then for us to grab a bite to eat. We haven't been anywhere else I've found on 'Driving with Dogs' where this wasn't the case. As it was a chilly morning in April, we regretted having parted with £1.50 for the parking, and left.
Are there regular users who could let us know if the leads-on restriction is applied everywhere in Brandon Park? As an alternative, we would suggest stopping in the surrounding Thetford Forest and even Elveden Courtyard just down the road has a trail attached (on-lead but free parking).
Edited: 6th March 2020. The details of this listing may have changed, and though the Driving with Dogs team do our best to confirm the accuracy of every listing, we cannot guarantee that the details are fully up to date and accurate. If you know that any aspect of this listing is incorrect, please suggest an edit to let us know.