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Walking routes

Walking is a wonderful way to experience the tranquillity of the New Forest National Park and see it up close.

There are many possible New Forest walks to take you into the woods, by sea, over heath or by rivers and streams, with the freedom to ramble across unfenced land.

From February to August there may be signs asking people to avoid certain areas to limit disturbance to rare breeding birds, such as snipe, curlew and redshank, which nest on the ground.

Scroll down for individual New Forest National Park walks but the best way to follow our walking routes is by downloading our free app for iPhone and Android. The app contains 40 routes for you to try, with GPS navigation that shows you where you are on the route in real-time as you walk. It works without mobile phone signal too, perfect for exploring the Forest.

Download on the App Store

Get it on Google Play




Please be aware of the New Forest code when walking in the National Park.


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, these New Forest walks 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, let us know:

National Park Volunteer and Access Officer


'Download the New Forest walking app to discover a great new walking route.'

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