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Great Eastern Pingo Trail

13 km / 8 miles

The Great Eastern Pingo Trail is 8 miles (12.9km) of tracks and trails exploring the eastern edge of the Brecks. Please remember that dogs may be walked on the railway line and Peddars way, but not on Thompson Common Nature Reserve.

Pingos were originally low hillocks that formed 20,000 years ago during the last ice age when water beneath the surface froze to form lenses of ice pushing soil upwards. During the summer thaw, the soil on the surface would sludge off and accumulate around the periphery of the hillocks. Shallow craters were left when the ice finally melted, causing the hillocks to collapse.

Map and Route description available from website below.


Path Type
Other Paths
Easy; Former Railway
Start and Finish
TL940966 - Stow Bedon, Thompson, Norfolk
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Great Eastern Pingo Trail (Diss Tourist Information Centre)


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Route Profile:

11.4 Km (7.1 miles)
78 m (256 ft) ascent
53 m (174 ft)  maximum height