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A short drive out of the market town of Swaffham will take you to the edge of the vast Thetford Forest. Straddling two counties, there are over 47,000 acres of pine forest, the largest of its kind in the UK. This is far from being an ancient site though, as it was created for the production of timber, after 1918. It is now managed by the Forestry Commission, as well as being used by the armed forces for training. Most of the area is accessible to tourists though.
Throughout WW2, the 7th Armoured Division had their headquarters in this forest. It was known as the home of the famous ‘Desert Rats’ during this time. Many information boards are dotted around, telling the visitor what life was like for the soldiers back then. They have also erected this striking memorial, close to the main road, and next to the visitor’s car park.
Despite the gloom of the day, we managed a walk of over two hours in the peaceful woodland. Although there are no facilities provided, I recommend you spend some time there, if you are ever in the area. It was a great way to take the edge off of a dull Wednesday, I assure you.
Some photo information, for anyone interested. The woodland photos were shot at f 7, with a high ISO of 800, and a shutter speed of 1/60th of a second. The tank photos were taken at f 5.6, ISO 400, shutter speed 1/160th of a second. I used exposure compensation for the tank shots of +1, due to the dark paintwork.