Our Favourite New Forest Walking Routes

May, 2018

Heading to the New Forest should be on the top of everyone’s travel list this summer to witness the stunning untouched landscapes, see newly-born foals skipping across the heathlands, and discover our stunning woodland plants and trees in full bloom. The best way to appreciate all that the New Forest has to offer is with one of our favourite seasonal walking routes…

  1. Hatchet Pond – Created in the 18th century to provide power for an iron mill, the pond today provides valuable habitats for wildlife as well as being a scenic backdrop for a perfect summer’s day picnic. There is an easy walk from the carpark of up to 1.9 miles along the northern and then the western edge of the pond, the southern end can be quite boggy so don’t forget your wellies or walking boots!
  2. Bolderwood – Situated on an old coaching route, Bolderwood has all that you need for a fantastic New Forest day out, you’ll get to witness the famous herd of Fallow deer grazing happily whilst you find out more about these beautiful creatures which live in and around the area. There are three trails for you to choose from, ranging from 0.5 miles to 2 miles.
  3. Wilverley Plain & Inclosure – If you’re looking to see New Forest ponies, foals and even cattle, this is the one for you. The circular walk visits Wilverley Plain and the Wilverley Inclosure near Brockenhust. The walk starts from the large grassy plain, perfect for picnics or playing games, the walk then takes you on an exploration of the adjacent Wilverley Incolsure which is glorious woodland stroll – Here you will find miles of good footpaths taking you through the conifer and broadleaved woodland, inside the woodlands you may even see deer and other wildlife too.
  4. Exbury Village & Lepe – Situated on the southern edge of the New Forest and a mile from the Solent Coast, Exbury is a peaceful and beautiful village with a fascination history and important war time links to Lepe and the build up to D-Day. The walk starts at the famous Exbury Gardens then takes you along field and woodland path to Lepe for spectacular views across the Solent, before returning inland through farms and woodlands to Exbury Village.
  5. Whitefield Moor: Longer LoopStarting from Whitefield Moor car park, this walk takes you further along the Ober Water than the shorter route which you can find here, giving you more time to soak up the beautiful scenery and atmosphere of this beautiful stream and its surroundings. Ober Water bridge is a great spot to look out for many of the birds, animals and plants of the New Forest, including kingfishers perching peacefully beside the stream. The walk also gives you a chance to look for red deer on the heath and woodpeckers in the woodland – So, keep your eyes peeled!

Now all you have to do is choose your walk and head on out – Don’t forget to tag us in your pics!

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