New Forest Walks & Cycling

Some pleasant New Forest walks, & cycle rides all of which are all within easy reach of Milford.

Wilverley Inclosure Walk: (Close to the A35) - Distance: 3.5 miles. Time: 1.5 hours
A popular walk in the south-west of the New Forest, with an optional diversion to the Station House in Holmsley near Burley, where you can stop for breakfast, lunch or a cream tea. cuppa and a scone. The walk takes you through pretty woodland, where you may just spot a deer.

Holm Hill Walk: Distance: 3.5 miles. Time: 1.5 hours
This walk is in the Brockenhurst / Rhinefield area of the New Forest, and this walk takes you over some open heathland before entering a small area of woodland. The going is easy, with a mixture of sandy and gravel surfaces and no inclines to speak of, despite the name!

Burley Walk: Distance: 2.5 miles. Time: 1.25 hours
Starts from the eastern edge of Burley village & runs close to Burley golf course. You will get some good views of New Forest heathland, as well as seeing some Forest wetland areas. A short section of the walk takes you along the dismantled railway line. Afterwards you can visit the village pub or one of Burley's many tearooms.

Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary: No guarantee to see the herd of fallow deer, but there is a purpose built viewing platform overlooking a meadow area where the deer regularly gather.
Directions: From Lyndhurst take the A45 towards Christchurch and turn right at the crossroads after about 2 miles. Take the scenic drive on the pretty tree-lined Bolderwood Arboretum Ornamental Drive. The Bolderwood car park is after about 2 miles. (You will find several other car parks with pleasant walks along the way)

The Knightwood Oak: Visit the largest & probably oldest oak in the New Forest, boasting a 7.4m girth. A quarter mile stroll is marked for visitors.
Directions: From Lyndhurst take the A45 towards Christchurch and turn right at the crossroads after about 2 miles. Take the scenic drive on the pretty tree-lined Bolderwood Arboretum Ornamental Drive. The Knightwood Oak car park is the first on the left.

The Tall Trees Trail: Blackwater Arboretum: Distance: 1.5 miles.
The Tall Trees Trail has a beautiful collection of trees from many countries, including the majestic Douglas firs and two enormous redwoods. the Sensory trail also explores the many different smells, textures and sounds of these trees. You can also do the Blackwater Arboretum Walk from the same location.
Directions: From Lyndhurst take the A35 towards Christchurch, two miles out from Lyndhurst turn left into the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive. Blackwater car park is located on the left hand side after approximately half a mile.

Rhinefield Ornamental Drive: Ideal to visit in May or June when the huge rhododendron bushes are in flower. Rhinefield Ornamental Drive passes Rhinefield House Hotel and Rhinefield Arboretum with several pleasant walks.
Directions: From Lyndhurst take the A35 towards Christchurch, two miles out from Lyndhurst turn left into the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive.

Bolton's Bench: The Bench sits on a hilltop under the giant yew tree which is surrounded by open lawns with grazing New Forest ponies and donkeys. A great place to take in panoramic views of the surrounding forest. The bench commemorates the Duke of Bolton who was the Master Keeper of Burley Baliwick in the 18th century.
Directions: From Lyndhurst High Street keep left at the bottom, then turn right towards Beaulieu. The car park is immediately on your left.

Whitefield Moor: Nice walks by the Ober Water stream, with ideal picnic areas.
Directions: From Brockenhurst village follow the signs to the Rhinefield Drive. Whitefield Moor car park is on the left hand side & a selction of marked walks.

Wilverley Plain: Extensive grassy lawns on which the forest ponies graze. Good picnic spot with nearby waymarked woodland trials. During World War II, Wilverley Plain was ploughed and sown to provide much needed crops.
Directions: Wilverley Plain is located half way between Burley and Brockenhurst on the Burley Road.

Hatchet Pond: Built in the 18th Century to provide power for long gone iron mill. Today the pond is the largest body of water in the New Forest & provides important wildlife habitats. Good for picnics & to watch the sunset. A popular sopt where ponies regulary graze. Directions: From Beaulieu take the B3055 towards Brockenhurst, Hatchet Pond car park is situated on the junction with the B3054 at Beaulieu Heath.

Lyndhurst Parish Walks: Map board in the village car park, giving details of the walk and leaflets containing more information can be obtained from the nearby New Forest Centre, local pubs, camp sites and hotels.

New Forest Walks

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New Forest Walks

A selection of New Forest Walks to follow.

New Forest Ramblers Association:

The New Forest Group of the Ramblers was set up in 1969. Walkers with the Group enjoy exploring the area from West Dorset to East Hampshire - roughly a 80 km/50 mile radius from New Milton. Members get full walk details three times a year showing walk length, outline route, meeting point, time to go, and a leader/contact phone number. Walks are on a 'turn up and go' basis. Click link for current programme.

Project Fred Walks & Courses: Local bird watching & nature walks run throughout the year. Find out about our local wildlife and flora & forna. Short walks & full day activities available, all held at a leisurely pace to ensure the day is also social & fun. Walks held in the New Forest & other interesting parts of Dorset & Hampshire. (Including Keyhaven & Pennington Marshes). Check current programme by hitting 'find out more' link.

Guided Walks: Currently not running

Hidden Britain Tour: Tel: 01256 814222
Personal New Forest Guided Walks & Tours for small groups or even individuals. Tours carried out by professional tour guides with extensive knowledge of the New Forest. Discover about this beautiful area's flora, fauna, history and culture in the company of people who live and work here. Half day, full day or customised tours available.

Country Lanes Cycle Hire: Railway Station, Brockenhurst, S042 7TW | Tel: 01590 622627
Quality Trek, Cube and GT mountain bikes and comfort bikes fitted with puncture-resistant tyres. Mountain bikes, tandems and tag-a-longs available. Free use of safety helmet, lock & key. Take a selection of circular routes from the cycle centre in a restored railway carriage in Brockenhurst. Easy-to-follow local cycle route maps provided.

Forest Cycle Hire: Burley Village Centre, BH24 4AB | Tel: 01425 403584
Quality top brand cycles and if you have children Child seats, Trailers or Tag-A-Longs available. If you fancy something different, why not try a Tandem! Helmets & rucksack complete with punture kit, tools, pump and lock provided in hire. All bikes are fitted with puncture resistant tubes. Local cycle route maps provided, including rides to the old railway, the hill fort, deer sanctuary, woodland trail, the Linwood loop & villages, views & vales.

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