Gillie's walking tips

A hedgehog sleeps amongst leaves

Advice from National Park Lead Ranger Gillie Molland


It’s important to wear suitable footwear, warm clothing and waterproofs, as the weather is often unpredictable and parts of some walks can be muddy. Walk leaders reserve the right to refuse walkers if they are not suitably dressed.

Food and drink

We’ve provided some specific advice for all of our walks about whether you need to bring a packed lunch or enjoy some food at local pubs and cafes. However it is always advisable to carry a drink, snacks and any medication you may need. Please alert your walk leaders of any relevant medical conditions and remember to take your litter home with you or put it in a bin.


The National Park is famous for its roaming ponies, cattle, donkeys and pigs. They’re owned by people called Commoners. They are not used to people so it’s best to look, but don’t touch or feed the animals.


Dogs are welcome on some of the walks – look at each walk's webpage for further details. Please keep your dog on a lead and under control throughout the walk so not to disturb the animals and wildlife.

Walk duration and times

Times and durations of the walks are estimates and can vary according to conditions and the numbers of walkers on the day. We will always try to stick to the estimated times as we know many of you have buses and trains to catch.

Family walks

Although children are welcome on all the walks, some are more suitable for families – look at each walk's webpage for further details. All under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.


All walkers walk at their own risk and neither the New Forest National Park Authority, partners or guides can take responsibility for personal injury.


We’ve provided contact details for our walk leaders. But initially it’s best to email any questions to


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