There is plenty to do whilst you are staying in Hinderclay so plan ahead and be prepared to explore! We have local bridleways from the village which offer you any length of walk you choose! We often take our grandchildren on a walk that takes about half an hour (at their speed!) which is a loop out of the village towards Redgrave, across the field and up to the farm yard, where you can take a look at the farm machinery and sometimes meet the farmer (especially interesting at Harvest time). There are lovely walks in all directions which can be accessed by a short drive or cycle and we have Redgrave and Lopham Fen just 5 minutes drive away. Knettishall Heath is also a wonderful place to walk (Knettishall Heath Country Park) and there are lots of activities at both these sites for children and adults – some of which need booking in advance.
Fishing is on the doorstep at Hinderclay Lakes where there are 6 lakes with a variety of fish to be caught. This is two minutes walk from Greenacre Lodge so ideal for the keen fisherman or woman.
Kayaking is easy from Greenacre Lodge – a short drive to a number of access points on the Waveney Valley will give you a perfect day out. ( River Waveney) Also beautiful is a trip to Thetford Forest, where you can kayak, climb, walk, Segway, or simply stop and picnic!
Banham Zoo is a short drive away from Hinderclay (about 20 minutes) and opens at 9.30am 50 days of the year. The Zoo is a brilliant place to spend the day, with over 2000 animals and 50 acres of grounds.
Close by is Bressingham Steam museum and gardens (about 15 minutes drive) where again, you can spend a wonderful day. It is one price for unlimited rides on their steam train lines and then there are other rides such as a carousel which have a limited number of rides allowed in the ticket. The gardens are wonderful and well worth a stroll, at any time of the year, and you can take a picnic to enjoy there or use their reasonably priced café, where you can get a wide variety of excellent food.
Just a 10 minute drive along the A143 towards Bury St Edmunds, you will see Pakenham windmill on your left. There are a number of mills close to Hinderclay – Thelnetham, Stanton, Pakenham, Billingford to name a few – and Pakenham still mills its own flour. Just round the corner from the windmill is a working water mill where volunteers organise fantastic open days so watch out for those if they coincide with your visit to Greenacre Lodge.
We could go on and on about all the things to do in a very small radius – we haven’t mentioned indoor activities such as swimming, rollerskating, bowling etc but they are all nearby as well. We do have a good selection of leaflets about the area at the Lodge and our guests add to our collection all the time – always finding new things to do!