Ashurst Station to Brockenhurst

Matley Common

This route allows you to enjoy the New Forest by train by linking two stations on the South West main line through the forest. It allows you to hop off at Ashurst and catch another train home at Brockenhurst – while enjoying the forest’s woods and heathland in between.


From Ashurst Station, pass the New Forest Inn on to the main road to Lyndhurst. Take the path leading into Ashurst campsite. Walk through the site until you come to a railway bridge on your left, cross it and enter the woodland. Turn right and follow the cycle path to the edge of Deerleap Inclosure.

Cross the railway line again on to Fulliford Bog and take the track crossing Matley Heath which will bring you to Matley Wood. Follow the path through the caravan park which will bring you out at the car park. Follow the path  downhill alongside Beaulieu Road. Walk alongside the road for the short distance up the hill to the entrance of the Denny Wood campsite.

Follow the tarmac road through the campsite and the start of an area of woodland, before the path splits to the right. Go through the gate at the junction and follow the cycle path into Parkhill Inclosure. Taking turns to the left and the right will eventually bring you on to a straight path before Standing Hat.

Go through the gate and follow the path towards the road behind Balmer Lawn.

Pass the famous ‘Brockenhurst Beach’ on your left. This part of the Lymington River is packed with families enjoying the river whenever there is good weather. When you reach the B3057, turn left and walk into the centre of the village. The train station is dead ahead, or walk down Brookley Road for a selection of shops, cafes and restaurants.

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Walk Information

Starting Points

  • Ashurst Train Station

Public Transport

Food and Drink

  • Cafes and restaurants at Ashurst and Brockenhurst villages

Some gravel paths and cycle routes which are generally passable. The stretch across Matley Common can be boggy and muddy after wet weather so is recommended only as a summer walk.

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