New Forest Walking Festival a hit with only a few spaces left

Walking festival newsroom

Published Tuesday 22 October 2013

Walkers from across the south of England are snapping up spaces for the New Forest Walking Festival - with only a handful of places left.

Led by the New Forest National Park Authority and partner organisations, the Walking Festival features expert-led guided walks which are free for those who travel without a car.

With walks covering archaeology, nature, history and family activities, it is easy to see why the half-term event (October 26 to November 3) has proven so popular.

While most of the walks have sold-out, there are still spaces remaining on some walks, including a stroll through picturesque villages in the north of the Forest and an introduction to Nordic walking.

Unlike other walking festivals, walkers in the New Forest are rewarded if they leave their car behind and use public transport to arrive for their guided experiences.

Most of the guided walks are accessible by public transport, and all New Forest National Park walks are free for those who can show they arrived by bus, train, bike or on foot. Those who arrive by car are charged, with tickets from £8 to £16. The offer has proved to be an effective incentive as 93% of bookings so far are by public transport.

Guided walks by partner organisations – including the Forestry Commission, New Forest Association and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust – all start near train stations or bus stops but not all offer a discount for arriving by public transport.

The New Forest Walking Festival is supported in part by a £3.8m Department for Transport grant to encourage car-free travel in the New Forest and South Downs National Parks.

Only a few spaces remain and booking is required on all walks. Book your space at


About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

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Media Contacts:

Sion Donovan, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646639


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