Walking in the New Forest
A chance to see the ponies
A walk will give you a great opportunity to take in the views, watch the New Forest ponies, and in the spring their foals. Just don’t get too close to them or feed them. You can take a gentle stroll or a more adventurous walk the choice is yours. All are a great escape, and a chance to relax.
- Rhinefield Ornamental Drive: See the tallest trees on the Tall Tree Trail
- Brockenhurst: There are plenty of nice walks around Brockenhurst
- Burley: is a nice place to start a walk
- Lepe Country Park: a chance to see the coast with views of the Isle of wight
- The Knightwood Oak Stroll: See the Queen of the New Forest
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
~ John Muir
Where to walk
There are hundreds of miles of Forestry Commission gravel tracks all over the New Forest which provide a great route avoiding many of the boggy and more treacherous areas.
Respect the forest
You are largely free to walk where you wish but please do respect the wildlife and pay attention to any signs. Many of these tracks you will share with cyclists, horse riders and dog walkers. Again, be respectful and everyone will be able to enjoy the forest.
What to wear
For many people a pair of trainers is sufficient, especially when dry. However a good pair of walking shoes or boots are probably best especially for longer or cross country walks. Wellies are a good idea when the ground is particularly damp.
What to see
Depending where you walk, there are many different things to look out for. Fungi can be particularly splendid, the butterflies in the summer and of course the panoramic views, woods, trees, flora and fauna, wildlife and the livestock. If you are lucky you might catch a glimpse of deer.
New Forest Pubs
After a nice morning or afternoon stroll, a pub is always a welcome place to stop off and refuel! You could start your walk from one of the many New Forest pubs which is a good incentive to keep tired legs moving!