Walks, cycle rides and musroom hunting
Autumn in the New Forest
Autumn is a magical time to visit us in the New Forest, the leaves change their colours, pigs are allowed to roam about for Pannage and pubs start lighting their log fires.
The New Forest comes alive with rich reds and golden hues under the autumn canopy making it the perfect excuse to come and explore what this beautiful seasonal show can offer.
With the National Park’s countless walks through miles of beautiful open heathland and ancient woodlands, one of the best ways to explore it is on foot! We all know that one of the most welcoming sites to a walker following a bracing ramble through the forest is a good old, traditional pub lunch, dinner or drink. There are plenty of trails that lead you straight to the hearty warmth, home-cooked food and a pint at a country pub. With 143 miles of public footpath, New Forest pub walks can be as varied as you wish! From a 3-hour trek to a peaceful evening stroll. Find maps and guidebooks for the explorer in you and discover some of the New Forest’s best and oldest pubs on your way.
From two legs to two wheels, cycling in the New Forest is ideal for more discovery! Whether it’s families wanting safe gentle routes or the more experienced off-road cyclists, there’s plenty to choose from. Autumn is the perfect time of year for such an adventure with the New Forest alive with beautiful golden and russet coloured leaves and the many local ponies, cattle and pigs wandering about.
If you’re looking for something a little different to do, it’s the perfect time to go mushroom hunting in the forest where you’ll be able to spot fairy toadstools and hunt for conkers amongst the crisp, curled leaves on the forest floor. This month has seen a new campaign to highlight the importance of the New Forest fungi and a recent ban on picking mushrooms has been put in place. Although you cannot pick them, they are still a spectacle to see, admire and fun to identify each type.
Whether you’re staying with us to have a peaceful or action packed break, autumn really is a wonderful season to escape to the New Forest.
Photograph from thenewforest.co.uk