The New Forest boasts an impressive array of uncommon and special butterfly species. Being...
Visit our walking route finder for 27 of the best New Forest walks for free.
The best way to follow the routes is by downloading our free walking routes app for iPhone and Android. You can also download PDF route maps and directions.
Walking is a wonderful way to see the New Forest National Park close up. There are many possible New Forest walks to take you into the woods, by sea, over heath or by rivers and streams. Please be aware of the New Forest Code and also the Ramblers Highway code when walking.
The National Park has many special qualities and 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.
The Hampshire County Council rights of way interactive map can also be useful for planning a walk.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org