New Forest Disabled
Access, rambling and accommodation info.


Welcome to my New Forest Disabled, All Access, rambling and accommodation information. I hope I can help you to explore and enjoy the stunning New Forest National Park and local coastal areas.

Please be prepared for mud during the winter months, there's always lots of it about!
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The New Forest National Park can offer the disabled visitor many All Access places to discover and enjoy and hopefully we can assist you. Please always feel free to Contact Me and I'll try to find answers for you.

New Forest Disabled Access Places to Visit

The New Forest Centre is a great way to discover the history of the New Forest. Set in the centre of Lyndhurst there is a museum, visitor info centre, gift shop, library, exhibition gallery and accommodation booking service. There are also lots of tea rooms to visit.

I've just discovered a fantastic resource for you to explore called disability horizons.  Co-founder Martyn Sibley recently visited the New Forest and managed to experience archery, tree climbing and sailing! He shares his experiences with us on his video and also has lots of wonderful info to share too. I learned a lot about NewForest disabled activities and other resources available for everyone to enjoy.

New Forest Disabled All Access Picnic areas are all over this stunning National Park. You can chose to just enjoy your picnic, play games, go for a walk or just relax on a bright sunny day. Those listed below are All Access.

Anderwood is a shady car park with toilet facilities, set amongst woodland. Also, BBQ is allowed for raised non disposable BBQs. Ring 023 8028 3141 to book or for more details.

  • Blackwater is set amongst majestic Douglas Firs and Redwoods. It is part of the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive. There is a lovely Arboretum here and a Sensory trail. We recently saw a stunning Crossbill here in the summer. Again BBQ is allowed but they must be raised and non disposable, or if disposable you must use the fixed metal plate attached to the picnic tables. You can also visit the Tall Trees Trail. There are toilets, picnic tables, walks and cycle paths too
  • Bolderwood has lots to offer. There is a deer viewing platform, where the deer are fed between 1.30 and 2.30pm, flat easy access paths, picnic tables, toilets, a large green for family games and from Easter onwards an information unit is open at weekends and during the school holidays. Again you can BBQ here. It is one of 2 permissable areas for a disposable BBQ but you must use the fixed metal plate attached to the picnic tables.
  • Wilverley Plain and Inclosure is a huge flat, open area for a picnic or games on the lawn area. The New Forest ponies graze, and frolic here and there are lovely views too. You can take a walk or cycle and you can arrange a huge family BBQ here. There are woodland trails to explore and enjoy too.
  • Whitefield Moor offers an open, flat grass area for games or a picnic but also a shady walk along the lovely Ober Water stream. During WW2 the area was ploughed and used to grow potatoes to help the war effort! Raised non disposable BBQ are allowed here.
  • Hatchet Pond has the largest expanse of water within the New Forest National Park. Here you can watch the wildlife and also do some coarse fishing. This is also an area for spectacular sunsets.
  • If you would like to join a disabled ramblers club, which has a programme of walking events across the UK then disabled ramblers is a great site to visit. They have 4 New Forest routes on their website for you to try. 

  • What about a visit to the beach?Here is some info for you. I would suggest the following areas which are either in the New Forest or just outside
    1. Lepe Country Park is a good place to start and offers stunning views across the Solent. Look at my  Lepe details for photos and a review. Lepe Sat nav postcode is SO45 1AD
    2. We go to Mudeford a lot which is just outside the New Forest. Easy, flat parking and you can walk/travel completely flatly along the beach edge. There are lovely views across to the Isle of Wight plus toilets, cafes and a great fish shop for fresh fish.
    Contact  Mudeford Ferry to see if the "Josephine" is running to take you over to Hengistbury Head which is flat and easy to travel over if you stick to the lower path. You can even take a little land train along the edge of the water bird area. You can also drive to Hengistbury, park and then choose to use the flat lower path or train.
    Hengistbury Sat Nav BH6 4EN
    Mudeford Avon beach BH23 4ANMudeford Ferry BH23 4AN phone 07968 33 44 41
    I hope this helps and you enjoy your visit and the weather has warmed up a bit!

    New Forest Accommodation for a Disabled Visitor

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    Visit my New Forest disabled National Park hotel recommendations I have visited myself and taken photos for you to look at before you decide to book.

    I'm restricting my New Forest disabled info here to specifically adapted places I can find for you, here are a few I can suggest.

    • Our Bench offers fully adapted, self catering bungalows in Lymington. The advantage here is that you can enjoy the New Forest but also enjoy staying in a beautiful seaside setting with easy access to the Isle of Wight.
    • For Caravanners and Campers we suggest The Red Shoot Camping & Caravanning Park (see below).
      I'll be updating New Forest disabled accommodation with more info soon, as I visit more and more places.
    • There is a useful website called The New Forest and they have a page for Accessible Accomodation but we have not visited any of them yet and cannot say we recommend them but you may find it interesting.

    Additional New Forest Disabled Access Information

    New Forest sunset in the snow

    Here are some other pages on my website you might find helpful on your visit to the beautiful New Forest UK National Park.

    I hope my New Forest disabled All Access information has been helpful to you and that if you do visit this beautiful UK National Park you have a wonderful animal, wildlife and parkland experience.

    There's also some wonderful information on disabled access and lots more info too from The New Forest visitor website.

    Some helpful UK Disabled information  

    Sometimes you can feel at the very end of your tether and need a bit of help to clear your head. I know I've felt like this and also know these types of feelings can and do take many forms.

    I've found this info from shine charity (Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Information Networking Equality) which I'd like to share with you. They are based in Peterborough and can be contacted by phone or email.

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