What are The Brecks?
Breckland is an unusual and unique part of South Norfolk and spills over across the border into Suffolk. It is one of the driest areas in England lying to the east of the Fens and southwest of the Norfolk Broads and it is home to interesting flora and fauna including the rare and shy, but non-indigenous, golden pheasant.
The Brecks was a vast open heathland and during Prehistoric times, was mined for flint and these workings can be seen and admired by visiting Grimes Graves.
The open heath nowadays has been turned into farmland dotted with gorse and of course in 1914 Thetford Forest was planted and today supplies vast quantities of wood as well as being a tourist attraction and an area of scientific and geographical interest.
A large area of the Heath has been preserved by the British Army who still train on the Stanford Battle area, alongside sheep gently grazing the heath.
Browse through the listings below to find out where to go, what to see and where to stay in Breckland as well as learn about its history and culture