Pondhead & Beechen Lane


Sewage pipes are being laid in Pondhead Inclosure until December restricting access to the paths. More details here.

Explore one of the New Forest’s most beautiful inclosures on this ‘figure of eight’ walk on the southern edge of Lyndhurst. See the conservation work and careful woodland management in Pondhead Inclosure before enjoying the peace and tranquility of the woods along Beechen Lane


Head into Pondhead Inclosure from Beechen Lane – follow the path and you’ll come across Balanos the dragon – a sculpture created out of a fallen tree trunk.

Continue on the path past some of the hazel copicing done by the Pondhead Conservation Trust. The inclosure has not been grazed by animals for centuries so has a rich array of flora, birds and butterflies. In spring, when sunlight is able to reach the forest floor, this area is a sea of bluebells before the trees are fully in leaf.

Turn right and follow the forest track to the outer gate of the inclosure and turn left on to Beechen Lane.  Follow the path as it continues alongside Park Ground Inclosure, across a stream and up a slight hill until it reaches its end.

Turn right through the inclosure gate. Continue down the hill, taking the first gravel path on the right which will bring you to another gate opening back on to Beechen Lane. Turn left through the gate and follow the lane back to the parking area.

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Walk Information

Starting Points

  • Beechen Lane, Lyndhurst

Public Transport

  • Bluestar Bus 6 stops at on the A337 at Goose Green, just before Beechen Lane

Food and Drink

  • The Crown and Stirrup


Mainly gravel tracks which are generally passable. A stretch of path within Pondhead Inclosure is forest track and can be muddy in winter or after wet weather.

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