Discover the New Forest on Foot

December, 2016

The New Forest is on the doorstep of all four of our hotels, so you only have to step outside our front doors to discover and explore the beautiful national park surrounding us. Even throughout these winter months there are wonderful sights to see, so wrap up warm and put on your wellies, an adventure is about to begin!

From family to wildlife and pub walks, there is a route to suit everyone and every family (including your furry friend), below are a selection of our favourite routes to take:

Food Trails

Walking around the New Forest can be hungry work, and whether you choose to follow the Beaulieu or Burley food trail you are sure to satisfy your appetite as well as revealing the wonders of the New Forest. The Beaulieu food trail takes you 2.2 miles along the wildlife rich Beaulieu River and finishes at the historic shipbuilding village of Buckler’s Hard. Along the way stop off at local garden centres, chocolate studios and café’s to taste the local produce and refuel for your journey back! If you’re still feeling peckish why not take a pit stop at our Drift Inn Pub situated further down the Beaulieu Road.

If you’re staying at Moorhill House Hotel then the Burley Food trail is just outside. “Burley steeped in forest lore and legend can tell you of stories of dragons, witches and smugglers.” On this walk you can experience great food including Burley’s famous fudge and stop for a little tipple at the Cider Pantry Tearooms, view fantastic scenery and also pick up some unusual gifts. If you fancy something a little longer then there is an extended route you can take that goes along the old railway line to the Station House at Holmsley which can either be walked or cycled.

Wildlife Walks

Throughout the New Forest there are natural scenes unchanged by the modern world, where you can witness ponies, donkeys, cattle and in September to October pannage pigs, freely grazing on the forest land. If you venture deeper into the forest you’ll find wild deer beneath canopies of oak and beech – which really is a sight worth seeing.

New Forest ponies, donkeys and cattle can be found across all of our surrounding heathland, but if you want to see some deer then there are walks ranging from 0.5 up to 2 miles through Bolderwood with accessible deer viewing platforms where the wild Fallow deer are fed daily.

Longer Walks

The New Forest really is a walker’s paradise with more than 140 miles of tracks to explore, all spread over 193,000 acres. With routes of up to 60 miles you’re sure to find a route to work your legs. There are even trails to take you through the New Forest all the way to our neighbouring seaside, so you can experience the best of both worlds. With these routes, it’s easy to make a day of it; take a backpack with flask of hot chocolate, a lunch box and a raincoat because we all know how unpredictable British weather can be, and simply surround yourself with nature.

There really isn’t another place like the New Forest, so when staying with us we recommend following a trail and experience the New Forest in the best way, on foot.

Simply call the reception at your chosen hotel and we can get your maps and guides printed and ready as well as offering advice on the best walks to take.

For all trails and information click here.

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