Great Eastern Pingo Trail :: Shared Description

The Great Eastern Pingo Trail is a flat 8-mile circular walk near the villages of Thompson and Stow Bedon. LinkExternal link

Pingos are formed in permafrost environments. Those in this area date from the end of the last ice age (9,000 years ago) and are some of the best-preserved in the country. When subsurface water freezes, it creates a lens of ice, raising the soil in a dome shape. Soil is washed off the top of this formation and accumulates around the base; when the ice eventually melts, the pingo collapses and a shallow crater is left. LinkExternal link

The Great Eastern part of the trail's name comes from its use of a section of trackbed of the former Thetford-Watton line, built by the Thetford and Watton Railway Company in 1869 and closed under the Beeching cuts in 1964. The car park for the trail is on the site of Stow Bedon station. Some information on this branch can be found at LinkExternal link

The walk passes through a variety of habitats including commons at Stow Bedon and Thompson LinkExternal link , heaths at Stow/Breckles and Hockham, a basin mire at Cranberry Rough LinkExternal link , the artificial Thompson Water (1845), and carr woodland. Part of it runs along the Peddars Way LinkExternal link , and beside the Stanford military training area LinkExternal link .

by Katy Walters
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TL9396 : Last year's reedmace, Thompson Common by Katy Walters
TL9396 : Drunken sign, Butter's Hall Lane by Katy Walters
TL9396 : Pingo, Thompson by Katy Walters
TL9295 : Small pingo in open landscape by Katy Walters
TL9396 : Butter's Hall Cottage by Katy Walters
TL9396 : Old wall, near Butter's Lodge by Katy Walters
TL9395 : Track beside Thompson Common by Katy Walters
TL9395 : Pond beside the Pingo Trail by Katy Walters
TL9396 : Thompson Common by Katy Walters
TL9295 : Dead tree and pingo, Thomson Common by Katy Walters
TL9396 : Pingo, Thompson Common by Katy Walters
TL9295 : Footpath improvement, Pingo Trail by Katy Walters
TL9295 : Towards Thompsonhall Plantation by Katy Walters
TL9295 : Pingo Trail, towards Stow Bedon by Katy Walters
TL9396 : Boardwalk, Thompson Common by Katy Walters
TL9395 : Track bordering Thompson Common by Katy Walters
TL9295 : Rough grassland and poplars, Thompson Common by Katy Walters
TL9396 : Bridge, Butter's Hall Lane by Katy Walters
TL9496 : Car park for the Pingo Trail by Katy Walters
TL9396 : The Great Eastern Pingo Trail across Thompson Common by Katy Walters
TL9396 : Just beneath the surface by Katy Walters
TL9396 : Daffodils, Butter's Hall Lane by Katy Walters
TL9396 : Field beside Butter's Hall Lane by Katy Walters
TL9396 : Track and gate, Thompson Common by Katy Walters
TL9295 : Towards Thompson Church by Katy Walters

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Created: Thu, 4 Feb 2010, Updated: Fri, 5 Feb 2010

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