Brockenhurst and Lyndhurst Loop

Lyndhurst church

This circular walk links two of the New Forest’s main villages – Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst. Starting from either village, you’ll wind your way along forest tracks before discovering the history – and tea shops – in each village.

Route

From the centre of Lyndhurst follow Gosport Lane, past Goose Green, to Beechan Lane, opposite the Foxlease Girl Guiding centre.

Walk down the lane until you come to the gate into the forest inclosure and continue straight ahead for about 1.5km until you reach a cycle route waymarker post. Take a right turn through the gate.

Continue along the gravel path for about 700m until a junction with another path. Take the path to the right. Continue for another 500m and turn right, opposite the Frohawk Ride.

After 250m turn left down the hill. After the path climbs again, turn right and continue for 400m. A a fork in the path, turn left downhill through a gate which will take you to the edge of the Hollands Wood campsite.

Follw the path straight through the campsite and onto the A337 in front of the Balmer Lawn Hotel. Walking towards the village, you’ll pass the ‘Brockenhurst Beach’, a stretch of the Lymington River which is a very popular bathing spot for families in the summer.

Walking towards Brockenhurst, you can either head for a tea or coffee in the village, or crack straight on. Walk down Meerut Road and past the village allotments to join the straight path across Black Knowl.

It brings you to another popular river bathing spot – Bolderford Bridge. Follow the marked cycle path in to New Park Plantation. In spring this woodland is a great place to see a display of bluebells. Continue past Butts Lawn and in to Brick Kiln Inclosure. After a gentle climb through the inclosure, you’ll exit on to Pinkney Lane. Turn left to visit the small village of Bank and the popular Oak Inn. Or turn right and follow the lane back towards Lyndhurst.

Crossing Chapel Lane and passing along Sandy Lane to get to the high street, you’ll then walk past the Queen’s House. The imposing red brick building has been the seat of power in the New Forest going back centuries. The current building is on the site of the original manor house of Lyndhurst where the king’s official, the Lord Warden of the Forest, would reside. It’s called either the King’s or the Queen’s house depending on the reigning monarch. It houses the Court of Verderers which administers the rights of the New Forest’s 300 Commoners.

Beside the Queen’s House is the Parish Church of St Michael and All-Angels which dominates the skyline. In the graveyard behind the church you’ll see the memorial to a Mrs Reginald Hargreaves. As a girl, Alice Lidell was the inspiration behind the Alice in Wonderland story written by a family friend, Charles Dodgson, under the pen-name Lewis Carroll.

The church itself was built in the 1860s, replacing one dating from a century before. However there is evidence of religious activity on the site dating back to medieval times.

The church interior features lavish decorations, including a fresco of the parable of the wise and the foolish virgins behind the altar created by Frederic Lord Leighton.

Church Lane will take you back to the car park or spend a while exploring the shops and cafes on the high street.

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Route

From Brockenhurst Station turn down Brookley Road, past the shops until you reach the ford known as the Watersplash. Turn right on to Burley Road and continue until you reach Meerut Road. With the village allotments on your right, take the straight path across Black Knowl.

It brings you to a popular river bathing spot – Bolderford Bridge. Follow the marked cycle path in to New Park Plantation. In Spring this woodland is a great place to see a display of bluebells. Continue past Butts Lawn and in to Brick Kiln Inclosure. After a gentle climb through the inclosure, you’ll exit on to Pinkney Lane. Turn left to visit the small village of Bank and the popular Oak Inn. Or turn right and follow the lane back towards Lyndhurst.

From Chapel Lane, cut through Sandy Lane towards the centre of the village.

You’ll walk past the Queen’s House – The imposing red brick building has been the seat of power in the New Forest going back centuries. The current building is on the site of the original manor house of Lyndhurst where the king’s official, the Lord Warden of the Forest, would reside. It’s called either the King’s or the Queen’s house – depending on the reigning monarch. It houses the Court of Verderers which administers the rights of the New Forest’s 300 Commoners.

Beside the Queen’s House is the Parish Church of St Michael and All-Angels which dominates the skyline. In the graveyard behind the church you’ll see the memorial to a Mrs Reginald Hargreaves. As a girl, Alice Lidell was the inspiration behind the Alice in Wonderland story written by a family friend, Charles Dodgson, under the pen-name Lewis Carroll.

The church itself was built in the 1860s, replacing one dating from a century before. However evidence of religious activity on the site goes back to medieval times.

The church interior features lavish decorations, including a fresco of the parable of the wise and the foolish virgins behind the altar created by Frederic Lord Leighton.

From the centre of Lyndhurst follow Gosport Lane, past Goose Green, to Beechan Lane, opposite the Foxlease Girl Guiding centre.

Walk down the lane until you come to the gate into the forest inclosre and continue straight ahead for about 1.5km until you reach a cycle route waymarker post. Take a right turn through the gate.

Continue along the gravel path for about 700m until a junction with another path. Take the path to the right. Continue for another 500m and turn right, opposite the Frohawk Ride.

After 250m turn left down the hill. After the path climbs again, turn right and continue for 400m. A a fork in the path, turn left downhill through a gate which will take you to the edge of the Hollands Wood campsite.

Follw the path straight through the campsite and onto the A337 in front of the Balmer Lawn Hotel. Walking towards the village, you’ll pass the ‘Brockenhurst Beach’, a stretch of the Lymington River which is a very popular bathing spot for families in the summer.

Continue to walk down the A337 past the Huntsman Pub back towards the train station.

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Walk Information

Starting Points

  • Lyndhurst Village car park
  • Brockenhurst Station car park

Public Transport

  • Bluestar Bus 6 stops at Lyndhurst Fire Station, Beechen Lane and Brockenhurst
  • Train at Brockenhurst Station
  • The New Forest Tour red route stops in Lyndhurst and the Green Route stops in both villages

Food and Drink

  • Pubs and cafes in Brockenhurst and Lyndhurst

Terrain

Mainly gravel tracks which are generally passable, but could be difficult following wet weather conditions. The path across Black Knowl can cut up in wet conditions.

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