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Thanks for visiting our new website dedicated to bringing you the best walking routes in and around the New Forest.

With our independent guide, you can discover the wonderful landscapes and wildlife which make the New Forest among Europe’s most popular walking destinations.

Over 1,000 years the forest’s history has shaped the landscape and developed a unique way of life – evidence of that history is all around you when you go on a walk.

Tried-and-tested walk routes

GPS map

Our aim is to provide you with everything you need to enjoy a great day out walking in the forest.

With each of our tried-and-tested walking routes, you’ll find a description, map, points of interest, weather forecast and a GPX file which you can download to use in GPS devices and smartphone apps to help you navigate your way around each route – it couldn’t be easier!

There’s a range of walks to suit all ages and walking abilities. If you are after a long-haul hike, a stroll with the kids or something in between, we’ll have a route to suit.

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.

Walk Categories

To help you choose a route, our walks are split in to a number of categories.

Pub Walks end at a New Forest pub where you can enjoy a – well deserved – drink or meal after your walk. Whether you’re sitting in front of a roaring fire in winter or relaxing in the beer garden in the summer, the pubs are a part of forest life and enjoying their unique atmosphere is a must if you are visiting the New Forest.

Our buggy-friendly walks have been written with new parents in mind. Getting out for a walk in the forest is a great way to get exercise and introduce your little one to the great outdoors. The walks are usually on gravel tracks so are suitable for most robust prams or buggies. They have been tried with a buggy with all-terrain wheels, however tracks can be impassable following wet weather so do bear conditions in mind. For more advice on walking with babies, read our feature here.

History walks take you to points linked to the New Forest’s fascinating past. It could be a medieval hunting lodge or a World War Two airfield. You’ll find a description of notable sites beside a binoculars icon on the walk route text.

Our walks are also categorised as easy, moderate or strenuous. This is a loose description based on distance and terrain and is subject to personal abilities.

We’ll be developing and adding more walking routes shortly, but in the meantime we are always keen to hear your feedback and ideas on how we can improve the site.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 vehicles 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 indicative and 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.

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