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New Forest Walking Festival

The New Forest Walking Festival features family-friendly guided walks in beautiful locations around the New Forest in the autumn. Walkers of all ages are led on bespoke experiences by expert guides highlighting the unique countryside, wildlife, culture and history of this internationally-important landscape.

The 2020 festival was amended to a virtual event due to Covid-19, offering a self-guided two-week walking and cycling event encouraging people to step outside with the help of a range of resources.

Highlights of the 2019 festival included:

  • 1,600 people attended – up 15%.
  • 65 guided walks
  • led by 20 different organisations (such as: Forestry England, New Forest Association, New Forest Ramblers and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust)
  • walks with archaeologists, wildlife experts and rangers
  • themes included birdwatching, fungi spotting, hidden histories, dog walks and woodland wild play events for children
  • included 220 school children hosted by Hoburne and BBC South Today coverage.

This successful festival will be in its ninth year in 2021 and will run from 23 October-7 November (including half term). 2021 will also incorporate cycling as well as the ever-popular walking events. It’s sponsored by Hoburne Holidays, one of the south’s largest and most successful family-owned tourism businesses, with three wonderful family holiday parks local to the New Forest.



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