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Best trails in New Forest National Park, England

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Looking for a great trail in New Forest National Park, Hampshire? AllTrails has 110 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 75 easy trails in New Forest National Park ranging from 0.7 to 11.5 miles and from 6 to 462 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

New Forest is located in Southern England and is the largest remaining tracts of unenclosed pasture land, heathland and forest. The ecology of the New Forest is enhanced by the relatively large areas of lowland habitats, lost elsewhere, which have survived. There are several kinds of important lowland habitat including valley bogs, alder carr, wet heaths, dry heaths and deciduous woodland. The area contains a profusion of rare wildlife, including the New Forest cicada Cicadetta montana. The wet heaths are important for rare plants, such as marsh gentian and marsh clubmoss and other important species include the wild gladiolus. Visitors can enjoy endless footpaths through expansive woodland.

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Map of trails in New Forest National Park, England
Park information
Acreage:
139,840 acres
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+44 1590 646600
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Top trails (110)
#1 - Lyndhurst Hill and Swan Green
New Forest National Park
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 6 m
This walk in the New Forest National Park starts from Swan Green in Lyndhurst. This mostly flat scenic walk takes you through open land, dense forest, moorland, and heaths. There are many pubs on the path that you can visit if you need a rest or a drink!Show more
#2 - Emery Down
New Forest National Park
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 2 h 57 m
#3 - Exbury Village and Lepe Walk
New Forest National Park
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Length: 6.0 mi • Est. 2 h 34 m
#4 - Acres Down and Canadian War Memorial
New Forest National Park
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 46 m
A circular walk in the New Forest in Hampshire passing through heathland on the outskirts of the forest to the Canadian War Memorial and back again. Walking in the New Forest comes with both rewards and some hazards. The challenges can include bogs, fords, unmarked paths, remoteness (with patchy phone service) and some congested roads, but for the keen walker the attractions of the forest include the freedom to wander for miles in unspoiled countryside, the richness and diversity of the wildlife, and the sense of timelessness and peace. All this more than outweighs its wild side. However, if you are not familiar with the mainly unmarked routes, it is easy to get lost, so make sure you go out with a fully charged phone with GPS and a stout pair of walking boots. Acres Down Forest, with its easy-to-follow routes and wide gravel paths, represents the forest at its most civilized. Even on the surrounding heathland, the paths are generally clear enough to follow and there is a refreshing lack of New Forest bogs. There are no stiles or other obstacles to negotiate but you will go through a couple of gates and over two bridges. Allow 2.5 hours. Show more
#5 - Fritham Circular
New Forest National Park
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 46 m
#6 - Tall Trees Trail
New Forest National Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 4 m
This short stroll through the New Forest National Park takes you along the Tall Trees Trail. Starting at the Blackwater car park, this is an easy and flat trail that passes along a variety of towering trees from all around the world, including the Douglas fir and redwoods. Be on the lookout for the Roe Deer native to this area. The path is mostly flat sprinkled with gravel and a few resting areas. There are no gates. Show more
#7 - Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary Walk
New Forest National Park
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 49 m
#8 - Ashurst and Deerleap Enclosure
New Forest National Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 36 m
This is a circular gentle walk from Ashurst in the New Forest, Hampshire, that is very popular with dog owners, joggers and cyclists. It follows paths and tracks around the Deerleap Enclosure within the New Forest. The walk is quite picturesque and if you are minded to extend it, you can add a stretch in the Longdown Enclosure, before retuning to the Deerleap Enclosure. The walk is fairly easy-going. You will need to negotiate several simple gates, but there are no stiles or steps on route. Wild ponies quite often graze along the first stretch of gravel track, so it is advisable to keep dogs on a lead until you reach the enclosure gate. Once through the enclosure gate, it's safe to let well-behaved dogs run freely, but please do watch out for the occasional pony or deer that are sometimes in the enclosure. Allow 2 hours. Show more
#9 - Brockenhurst Village Walk
New Forest National Park
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 20 m
About the first third of this route may be possible for strollers and wheelchairs because it has a mostly gentle grade (5% or less) but all-terrain tires or motorized equipment may be needed for the unpaved surface.Show more
#10 - Brockenhurst and the Tall Trees Trail Circular
New Forest National Park
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Length: 9.7 mi • Est. 3 h 53 m
This walks starts in the village of Brockenhurst - be sure to check out its fab cafés to stock up on snacks and drinks if need be. This walk takes you through the beautiful countryside and forests of the New Forst and its highlight is certainly the majestic redwoods and firs that were planted in the late 1850s to create the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive for the nearby Rhinefield House. If you fancy a stop to check out the Rhinefield Arboretum be sure to check out the waymark which indicates where to stop. The Arboretum has a magnificent range of tree species from around the world, so it's really worth a visit. A lot of this route is on gravel paths so it's great for walkers and bikers alike. Show more
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