Most of us relish the prospect of escaping the city and planting our feet squarely on a soft bedding of grass and leaves. If you’re a hardened walker, Exploring the nooks and crannies of the magical New Forest is a delight.
The New Forest showcases some of the best walking routes in the country. We have 10 campsites in The New Forest so thought you might like a brief guide to the most popular trails, and what you can expect to see…
We’ve mapped out this trail for you. Identify the waypoints and get ready for a long, sprawling day of pony-and-bird-watching. The New Forest’s ponies are a star attraction; you’ll see them grazing not far from the Andrews Mare car park, your starting ground at the centre of the wood. Read more about the New Forest ponies here. This area is full of fauna, making visiting in the autumn a real spectacle.
This route is at least half the distance of other walks on our list making it great for older kids to get involved. The circuit does have a pair of ford crossings, so we don’t recommend it after a bout of heavy rain!
It’ll last between 5-6.5 miles, depending on how far you want to head into the thick underbrush. You’ll cross back over Dockens Water at Splash Bridge; then, the real marvel begins, as you’ll come upon the glass-like Cadman’s Pool before returning to the village via the South Bentley Inclosure. Check out the trail here.
Are you out of breath yet? We hope not, walking is a great excuse to swing a rucksack over your shoulders, inhale deeply, and let the wider world melt to nothing at all…
View all of our New Forest campsites to start planning your Camping in the Forest trip away.
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