With miles of amazing New Forest walks, we've picked out a few of our favourites to get you started. Click on the route map below to explore. 

Download the ViewRanger App onto your smartphone and search for 'NFNPA' or our logo on the map so you can take the route with you. We recommend you download the trail before you go as the mobile signal when walking in the New Forest can be temperamental!

No smartphone? No problem. Browse our routes section instead for printable route cards or choose from 80 guided walks at the New Forest Walking Festival. Don't forget to check out our walking tips before you set off.

Select routes by difficulty:

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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.

Get a taste of the New Forest by trying some Food Trails or get fit and join like-minded people with New Forest Healthy Walks.


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

New Forest National Park Authority Walking feed

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