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New Forest Maps & Walks

 

Maps

 

‘Walk the New Forest’ by Jill Brown and David Skelhon is a useful ring-bound guidebook with suggested walks and information on the New Forest and detailed Ordnance Survey maps (Outdoor Leisure map 22 gives the most detail for walks) are both available at the newsagents in the village or the Tourist Information Centre in Lyndhurst which also provides an information pack for New Forest visitors.

 

Walks

Good walks nearby include:

 

Butts Lawn & Black Knowl 

Walk straight out from the Brockenhurst cottages onto Butts Lawn and  Black Knowl

Water Copse  

Walk straight out from the Brockenhurst cottages across Waters Green and turn right along the Lymington River to Queen Bower and deep forest

Ober Water Rhinefield Walk

Marked forest walks along Ober Water with a nature trails from Ober Lodge and Beachern Wood to Puttles Bridge

Rhinefield Ornamental Drive

Marked forest walks through tall pines, rhododendron bushes in Poundhill Inclosure and the Arboretum

Bolderwood Ornamental Drive

Marked forest walks through old beech and oak woods near the Deer Sanctuary

Wilverley Inclosure

Marked forest walks through Wilverley Inclosure out onto Wilverley Plain and Hincheslea Moor

Beaulieu River Walk

Walk an inland part of the Solent Way along the Beaulieu River to Buckler’s Hard

Moor Valley Country Park

Forestry Commission marked forest walks with wooden themed climbing frames for children and a miniature Steam Railway ride

Lymington Shoreline
Walk the Solent Way seashore between The Salterns at Lower Pennington around the nature reserve to Lymington marina 
Keyhaven Shoreline
Walk the Solent Way seashore around Keyhaven marshes, saltworks and nature reserve with views over to the Isle of Wight
Hurst Castle
Walk the Solent Way from Keyhaven along Hurst beach to the historic Hurst Castle and lighthouse with views of the Needles 
Mudeford Quay
Short walk along the sandy beach and quayside at Mudeford in Christchurch harbour with crabbing, fish stall and RNLI station
Exbury Gardens
Walk around attractive landscaped gardens open to the public especially in April, May and June
Lepe Foreshore
Walk the Solent shoreline and groynes at Lepe Foreshore Country Park with views over the Solent towards Cowes

 

 

 

The Country Code

 

Enjoy the countryside and respect its life and work

Guard against all risk of fire

Fasten all gates

Keep your dog under close control

Keep to public paths across farmland

Use gates and stiles to cross fences, hedges and walls

Leave livestock, crops and machinery alone

Take litter home

Help to keep all water clean

Protect wildlife, plants and trees

Take special care on country roads

Make no unnecessary noise

 

Please remember to observe The Country Code when out walking in the New Forest and be careful to take adequate clothing and footwear. 

 

It is advisable to stay on marked footpaths, keep together at all times and leave plenty of time to complete your walks. 

 

For the more adventurous, a flashlight, whistle, compass and a message left with someone or in your car at the car park could be worthwhile precautions, especially in winter.