New Forest Walks
Discover walking routes and trails I recommend

New Forest Walks - Get those boots on!

New Forest Walking Festival 15 October to 30 October 2016 

The New Forest Walking Festival is taking place from 15th October to 30th October 2016. It should be great fun and give you a great insight into the beauty of the New Forest National Park. You do need to book so please contact the National Park Authority to reserve your place on the walks of your choice. 

New Forest walks, on trails I recommend, are a great way to experience the beauty of this UK National Park. On my forest walks you really get up close to the animals and ancient woodland or open heathland too.

My recommendations will take you on lovely journeys where you will see and feel the depth and diversity of this wonderful National Park, and hopefully see sights and memories you will take home forever.

All the New Forest walking trails and routes I recommend will give you details of:

  • Where they are on the New Forest
  • How long and how difficult
  • Whether they are suitable for the disabled visitor
  • and lots more info too.
  • Put on your walking boots and go!

Don't forget - now you can share your best forest walks with us all! It's free...all you have to do is fill in the form at the bottom of the page...you can even add a photo! Enjoy and keep walking!

Here are some routes you can follow either by walking or cycling courtesy of the New Forest National Parks Authority.

To help you find your way around this wonderful New Forest why not treat yourself to a personalised O.S Map with your own photo and title just as New Forest Life has done, see the bottom of this page or click below :-

New Forest walks I recommend

Deer Watch Trail

Distance 0.75km/0.5 miles See the fallow deer in all their glory. Find out more from the Forestry Commission Deer Watch Trail
Start at the Bolderwood car park

Grid ref: OS Grid Reference: SU 243 086

If you are coming by Public Transport Or want to use WikiMapia

Bolderwood Jubilee Trail

Distance 1.5.km/1 mile This is an all access walk, despite 2 steep slopes and you will see some magnificent trees. Find out more from Forestry Commission Jubilee Grove Trail
Start at the Bolderwood car park

Grid ref: OS Grid Reference: SU 243 086

If you are coming by Public Transport  Postcode SO43 7GQ (Nearest postcode). Or want to use WikiMapia


Tall Trees Trail

Distance 2.5km/1.5.miles More magnificent trees, many planted during the Victorian era. Find out more from Forestry Commission Tall Trees Trail
Start at Blackwater or Brock Hill car park

Grid ref: OS Grid Reference: SU 243 086

If you are coming by Public Transport  Postcode SO42 7QB (nearest postcode) Or want to use WikiMapia

Blackwater Arboretum Trail

Distance 0.75km/0.5 miles This is a sensory trail! Discover smells, textures and listen to the sounds of these trees. Many from around the world. Find out more from Forestry Commission Blackwater Arboretum trail
Start at Blackwater car park

Grid ref:OS Grid Reference: SU 243 086 If you are coming by Public Transport Postcode SO42 7QB (nearest postcode) Or want to use WikiMapia

Ober Water Trails Red path

Distance 2.5km/1.5 miles Wander further along the Ober Water on this circular trail. Find out more Forestry Commission Ober Water Red Trail

Start at Whitefield Moor or Puttles Bridge car park.


Reptile Trail

Distance 2km/1.5 miles A circular trail with marked places to see the reptiles! How cool is that? Find out more about the New Forest Reptile Centre
Start at the Reptile Centre

Grid ref: SU 271071

If you are coming on Public Transport Postcode SO43 7GR (nearest postcode)Or want to use WikiMapia

Wilverley Wander Trail

Distance 4.2km/2.5 miles This is a longer and harder trail with some rough patches and steeper hills. If you are like us and always try most terrains with the wheelchair just be careful please! Find out more Forestry Commission Wilverley Wander Trail
Start at Wilverley plain or Enclosure car park

Grid ref: SU 243 086

If you are coming by Public Transport Postcode BH25 5TZ (nearest postcode)Or want to use WikiMapia


I've just discovered a great way of keeping up to date with walks you can enjoy throughout the UK and Ireland.  Discover all the Walking Festivals in the UK & Ireland  so that you can take part too!

New Forest walking stick made for you

The perfect gift for your New Forest walks and a great way to really enjoy walking in this National Park is to order yourself a unique rambling stick.


Gill from Wood Workouts can help you find the stick that you will treasure and use for years to come.


Recently I've bought a beautiful, unique, cheeseboard with a deer antler handled cheese knife and a stunning necklace and jewellery stand made from a New Forest discarded deer antler - for my Mum. She thought it was wonderful!


There are lots of toys, fishing tools, games etc. to choose from and Gills quality of workmanship is really excellent.


I did say my site was based on my personal recommendations so I can certainly recommend you make a purchase.

Do you need to search for further information?.....here's how

Welcome to New Forest Life SiteSearch. I really hope you find this Google tool helpful in finding your way around my site.

Are you wondering where you saw the Sandy Balls Holiday Centre and want to try some New Forest walks from there? Perhaps you found some information, or a really lovely photo of a New Forest pony, and wanted to find it again?

New Forest Life SiteSearch has the answer.

In the search box below, simply enter New Forest followed by whatever you are searching for

For example: put Walk if you are looking to find information on the best places to walk and hit the Search button.

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Or, as an alternative you could try walking in the trees at our local Forest Activity Experience Go Ape.

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I hope you enjoy some of these New Forest walks and that the walking trails and routes you choose let you see this beautiful National Park in all its glory.


Do you need a map before you start? You could even personalise an Ordnance Survey map with your favourite picture, check out below :-

Here's some really great news - you can now get your very own personalised Ordnance Survey map for any area of the UK you like.

This was kindly given to me recently. It shows the New Forest National Park on 1:50 000 scale and is my own personal copy with my website on.

A wonderful present for anyone!

Get my up to date news, views and photos on what I've discovered, or want to share with you.

I can tell you the best place to see pigs and other New Forest animals.

Please Contact me for any help.

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