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Best trails in New Forest National Park

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Looking for a great trail in New Forest National Park, Hampshire? AllTrails has 84 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 56 easy trails in New Forest National Park ranging from 1.1 to 18.5 km and from 10 to 141 meters 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
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56,591 hectares
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Top trails (84)
#1 - Emery Down
New Forest National Park
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Length: 10.0 km • Est. 2 h 57 m
#2 - Exbury Village and Lepe Walk
New Forest National Park
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Length: 9.7 km • Est. 2 h 34 m
#3 - Lyndhurst Hill and Swan Green
New Forest National Park
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Length: 10.5 km • 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
#4 - Acres Down and Canadian War Memorial
New Forest National Park
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Length: 9.3 km • 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 - Tall Trees Trail
New Forest National Park
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Length: 3.7 km • 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
#6 - Burley Village Walk
New Forest National Park
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Length: 7.4 km • Est. 2 h 8 m
A walk from the Queen's Head in Burley down to the disused railway then across the plain and up the hill back to Burley. Show more
#7 - Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary Walk
New Forest National Park
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Length: 2.7 km • Est. 49 m
#8 - Ashurst and Deerleap Enclosure
New Forest National Park
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Length: 5.6 km • 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 - Keyhaven to Hurst Castle
New Forest National Park
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Length: 7.2 km • Est. 1 h 57 m
This walk starts in Keyhaven on the outskirts of the New Forest National Park. The Keyhaven Nature Reserve covers just about 500 acres extending towards Lymington which protects local fauna and flora. This walk takes you on an amazing coastal scenic walk to one of the most iconic landmarks, the Hurst Castle (built between 1538-1540). It was one of the fortresses built by Henry VII and the views from the castle are amazing. This is an easy walk on mostly flat terrain. Once you get to the castle, make sure to explore and take in the sights.Show more
#10 - Fritham Circular
New Forest National Park
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Length: 9.5 km • Est. 2 h 46 m
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