South East

The New Forest, Hampshire

  • Distance

    9 miles

    Equivalent of walking up the Eiffel Tower 45 times

  • Duration

    5 hours

  • Difficulty

    Easy

  • Terrain

    Lanes, roads and gravel forestry tracks

  • OS grid reference

    SU 307 079

  • Calories burned

    900

    The equivalent of a Chicken Korma

Route Info

The New Forest is magical all year round, with the rich heathland and mature trees  offering a huge variety of habitats that are home to many different species. This attractive and varied walk takes you out of Brockenhurst, which is home to bronze age burial mounds and is mentioned in the Domesday Book.

This is easy level walking in prime Hampshire country. You’ll amble through ancient woodland, alongside riverbanks, through glorious heaths and over sun-splashed clearings in the New Forest National Park.

Despite being a fairly flat route, you can still enjoy magnificent views across the heath. And there’s always the chance of stumbling across a herd of deer around the next corner.

Kit List

  • Good walking boots or comfortable trainers
  • Warm jacket
  • Daysack
  • A copy of the Domesday Book

Did you know?

The New Forest isn’t new at all; it was created as a royal hunting ground for William the Conqueror in 1079.

Route Highlight

St Nicholas’s Church, mentioned in the Domesday Book, has some very interesting features, including Saxon herringbone masonry and Norman scribes.

Where to stop

The Filly Inn is a lovely pub on the main road between Brockenhurst and Lymington, serving good food, wines and beers.