Hoppit Wood & Lake in Debenham

Hoppit Wood & Lake and Hogs Kiss Meadow – Debenham

Beautiful woodland walk, lake & meadow

This is a real hidden gem that I happened to spot when leaving the Angel in the High Street, Debenham. Heading North out of the village there is parking sign directing you to the right and the wood is just a short walk beyond the crematorium

It’s a community project, acquired in 2004 using grant funding and it has been planted and managed by the community themselves. It’s totally unspoilt and just offers a great walk with fantastic views of Debenham

Only 4  miles from Woodfarm

Where is it:

Priory Lane
Post code a little sketchy as there's nothing there!

Where on the web:



No phone - it's a wood & lake!



A bit more information ....

Apparently a ‘Hoppit’ is a small meadow by a house. I thought it was a little fella from Lord of the rings but what do I know!?

The lake is very tranquil, dotted with water lilies and is a nice easy stroll round as you can see from my photo

There’s a small apple orchard that was started in 2008, with some further planting in 2010

The wood is 11 acres in all with a mix of field maple, hornbeam, oak and ash, as well as other species such as spindleberry, elder, dogwood, goat willow and alder. There’s also a wildflower meadow with an abundance of species such as ladies bedstraw, St John’s wort, cowslip and primrose to name but a few

The wildflower meadow is to the right as you walk up and then the Hogs Kiss Meadow is to the right of that. This is a further 7.5 acres (Grid ref TM177634) which was also planted by the local community, in November 1998 as part of the Trust's 'Woods On Your Doorstep' project. This is a real hilly woodland of ash and oak with a Hazel coppice in the centre and another wildflower meadow at the bottom on ground that apparently is of some archaeological interest

I’ve included a photo that I took of the map there so you can get an idea of the layout
Posted by Carl Scott