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Walking Boldre village ( Download : )
distance 6.91km Vertical gain +61m Vertical drop -64m Durée 2h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Boldre - Hampshire

Beginning in the pretty village of Boldre, this is a peaceful and varied walk through country lanes, farmland and an ancient woodland nature reserve. The route is dotted with traditional Forest properties and visits St John the Baptist Church, which has a fascinating literary connection with the village. The walk returns alongside the meandering Lymington River to Boldre Bridge.

Walking Brockenhurst village ( Download : )
distance 8.13km Vertical gain +11m Vertical drop -11m Durée 2h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Brockenhurst - Hampshire

Brockenhurst is a picturesque village in the heart of the New Forest surrounded by some of the loveliest Forest landscapes. Starting from the village with its famous watersplash, this varied walk takes you across grazed lawns and through riverside woodlands before skirting around the edge of the village to take in some great heathland views. Return through the village to Brockenhurst station.

Walking Landford and Hamptworth ( Download : )
distance 7.58km Vertical gain +78m Vertical drop -70m Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Landford - Wiltshire

This walk starts in the village of Landford and explores the northern tip of the New Forest in Wiltshire among woodlands that were once Royal Forests. The walk follows a wooded path to a river ford and through pretty woods and fields to Hamptworth Farm. The route then follows the edge of a golf course to Langley Wood and to the little hamlet of Hamptworth before returning back over the ford to Landford.

distance 1.69km Vertical gain +39m Vertical drop -39m Durée 0h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Minstead - Hampshire

Starting from Bolderwood car park this meandering route leads you past the deer fields and some majestic trees, the oldest of which date back to 1860. Unfortunately a large number of trees were lost in the Great Storms of 1987 and 1991, but many new trees have been planted and more will be planted over the coming years.

distance 2.28km Vertical gain +8m Vertical drop -8m Durée 0h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Brockenhurst - Hampshire

Stimulate your senses on this short trail around the Forestry Commission's Blackwater Arboretum, with its small but nationally important collection of trees from all over the world. Sensory information boards along the trail provide fascinating facts about the tallest, heaviest and toughest trees in the world. This walk takes you past majestic conifers planted in the 1850s, some of the oldest Douglas fir trees in Britain and includes views of two enormous redwoods.

distance 1.06km Vertical gain +7m Vertical drop -7m Durée 0h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Brockenhurst - Hampshire

An easy waymarked walk through the Arboretum to experience the woodland and take in the variety of tree species. There are regular seats with backs to rest on along this route.

Walking Hale and Woodgreen ( Download : )
distance 9.15km Vertical gain +127m Vertical drop -127m Durée 3h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Redlynch - Wiltshire

The route starts at Woodfalls and follows a section of the Avon Valley Path through fields and woods to the charming village of Hatchet Green. You then pass Hale House and St Mary's Church before walking alongside the peaceful River Avon. At Woodgreen you can explore a rural community with a strong village identity. The walk returns via shady tracks and woods to Hatchett Green and back to Woodfalls.

Walking Exbury village and Lepe ( Download : )
distance 9.39km Vertical gain +23m Vertical drop -23m Durée 2h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Exbury and Lepe - Hampshire

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 fascinating 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 paths to Lepe for spectacular views across the Solent. returning inland through farms and woodland to Exbury village.

Walking Godshill and Castle Hill ( Download : )
distance 4.19km Vertical gain +45m Vertical drop -45m Durée 1h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Godshill (Hampshire) - Hampshire

This walk takes you along quiet field and woodland paths to the site of an Iron Age hill fort. It then continues to a stream-side hamlet on the edge of Castle Hill. There are views across the beautiful Avon Valley with its wildlife-rich water meadows and pasture and an optional detour to Castle Hill fort before returning along field and woodland paths to Godshill.

distance 6.6km Vertical gain +42m Vertical drop -43m Durée 2h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Copythorne - Hampshire

This walk starts by passing St Mary's Church before winding through Copythorne Common and its interesting mix of woodland and open glades. The route then follows rhododendron and woodland edged tracks to the Cadnam River and the northern commons. Here you can watch ponies grazing before returning through Newbridge and Copythorne Common back to the start.

Walking Burley village ( Download : )
distance 6.82km Vertical gain +43m Vertical drop -38m Durée 2h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Burley (Hampshire) - Hampshire

This walk starts at the village centre before setting out on a circular walk around the edge of the village. There is a gentle uphill climb along Castle Hill Lane where there are good views across the Avon Valley; the perfect setting for stories about dragons and smugglers. The route passes an ancient hill fort on Castle Hill before descending back to the village and along the edge of the Open Forest. The walks return to the village centre past pretty Forest properties and the Queen's Head pub.

Walking Brook to Minstead village ( Download : )
distance 11.61km Vertical gain +98m Vertical drop -94m Durée 3h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Bramshaw - Hampshire

Visit the Rufus Stone to discover the mystery surrounding the death of King William II. The route then follows quiet country lanes to the unspoilt village of Minstead where the famous detective writer and spiritualist Sir Arthur Conon Doyle is buried in the grounds of All Saints Church. Return via winding lanes and fields to Canterton and Brook.

Walking Ashurst stroll ( Download : )
distance 4.46km Vertical gain +18m Vertical drop -18m Durée 1h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Ashurst and Colbury - Hampshire

From Ashurst railway station this short and easy walk explores a variety of landscapes that characterise the New Forest. The route first takes you past open Forest lawns where ponies graze and through Churchplace Inclosure, a timber plantation, before crossing the railway into Ashurst Wood. Then continue along a road that winds pleasantly through ancient pasture woodland and across a grassy lawn to the historic remains of a saltpetre house. Return via a roadside cycle track to Ashurst village.

distance 4.49km Vertical gain +4m Vertical drop -33m Durée 1h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Fawley (Hampshire) - Hampshire

This walk is great for families with young children, starting from Fawley town centre and following a pretty country lane with views over Southampton Water to the small and historic inlet of Ashlett Creek. It then passes the Jolly Sailor pub and 19th century tidal mill before following the coast through a contrasting landscape of industry and wildlife.

distance 1.77km Vertical gain +7m Vertical drop -7m Durée 0h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Brockenhurst - Hampshire

This is an easy walk through woodland, passing through the Arboretum which houses a beautiful collection of trees from many countries. The walk passes Scrag Hill Nursery and ends with a stroll down a short section of the Tall Trees Trail.

Tall Trees Trail alternative
distance 2.8km Vertical gain +10m Vertical drop -10m Durée 0h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Brockenhurst - Hampshire

A flat circular walk with views of two enormous redwoods and using a part of the Tall Trees Trail.