Frequently Asked Questions to help you make the most of

Our selection of walking routes have been tried and tested to give you the best experience of the New Forest.

Each of our walks features a description of the route for you to follow along with a map and GPX track.

How can I follow the route on the map?

On the walk page, click on the locate button on the bottom left hand corner of the map. Ensure your location services are activated in order to see the GPS locator. You will also see a directional pointer to show which way you are pointing.

You can use the Elevation bar under the map to measure the distance and elevation of the route – just drag your finger along it or drag your mouse.

iPhone users can go to Setting>Privacy>Location Services>Safari to enable.

Android phone users can open the Chrome App>More Settings>Location on

How can I follow the route on a smartphone app?

On the walk page, tap on the Download GPX button to save the GPX track to your phone. This can be imported into apps or devices to allow you to follow your location as you follow the walk route.

Download an app which can import GPX files. We recommend the free ViewRanger app or GPX-Viewer (99p) but other free and premium apps are available.

Can I follow the walks on Google Maps?

Download the GPX file for a chosen walk. Log in to your Google Maps account. Under ‘My places’, upload the GPX file. The map then appears in your Maps list and can be viewed on a computer or the Google Maps app.

How can follow a walk on an GPS device

From your smartphone or desktop computer, download the GPX file from your chosen walk. Import the GPX file into your account and transfer it on to your device.

What if I encounter a problem on a walk?

Walking routes have been tried and tested but paths and tracks around the forest are liable to natural or manmade changes. If you encounter any issue with a walk, please contact us and we can amend the route.

Can I submit a walk route?

Absolutely – we’d love to hear your suggestions for walking routes. Head over to our contact page and send us the details.

Disclaimer is not responsible for any loss or injury suffered while on one of the walk routes.

Some routes cross or go along roads so be aware of vehicle traffic. There are also forestry and agricultural vehicle at work in the forest.

Any mobile phone or GPS device could lose battery power or phone signal. Ensure you have a paper map (OS Explorer OL22) to ensure you don’t get lost. GPX routes may show as being close to but not exactly on paths and tracks.

Walk distances and duration times are also approximate. Descriptions of ‘easy’, ‘moderate’ and ‘difficult’ are relative to other walks on the website.

Walks in the ‘Buggy friendly’ category have been tested with a buggy fitted with all-terrain wheels. The routes are almost all gravel tracks so are accessible for such buggies although weather conditions may affect the tracks.