Walking routes

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Browse the New Forest's best walking routes in our walking route finder.

Join an expert-led guided walk during the New Forest Walking Festival (15-30 October 2016).

Walking is a wonderful way to see the New Forest National Park close up. There are many possible walks to take you into the woods, by sea, over heath or by rivers and streams.

The National Park has many special qualities, including the freedom to ramble across unenclosed land. From April to July there may be signs asking people to avoid certain areas to limit disturbance to rare breeding birds, such as snipe, curlew and redshank. These birds nest on the ground in wet areas.

We will be adding to our routes area in the coming months. Routes yet to be added to this section are still available to download as PDFs.

Ticks are found in the wooded and grassy areas of the New Forest. They feed on the blood of passing animals including humans - find out how you can reduce the risk of infection.


All walkers walk at their own risk and the New Forest National Park Authority cannot take responsibility for personal injury. To the best of our knowledge, the routes are entirely on public rights of way or within areas that are open for public access. But we cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies in the information.  If you do find a mistake in them, or think they could be improved, please let us know by emailing communications@newforestnpa.gov.uk


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