Of course, there are stunning walks in the New Forest and along our coastline find out more here. And now you can download a new app!
Pennington & Keyhaven Marshes
If you enjoy coastal paths we cannot do better than recommend a walk around the sea wall from Pennington Marshes. At the end of Lower Pennington Lane there is a small parking area. Walk directly south and you find yourself in the nature reserve which is an excellent area for bird watchers too. Turn west at the sea wall path and follow the meandering track, enjoying the stunning views of the Solent, Isle of Wight and Hurst Castle along the way. When you reach the wicket gate at Keyhaven head east back along the gravel track until you reach your vehicle. This walk is a little under 3 miles in distance.
Acres Down Minstead, Lyndhurst
Again, a super circular route. From the A35 at Swan Green take the road through Emery Down and continue for 1.5 miles to a crossroad; turn left (signposted to Acres Down House. The Forestry Commission car park is on the left hand side which is the start/finish point. Depending on the time of year, it can be a bit boggy but a great way to spend an afternoon on this 7 mile yomp. Whilst in the vicinity a quick peak at Minstead church which dates back to the 11th century shouldn’t be missed. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (the creator of Sherlock Holmes) is buried in the churchyard here.
Circular Route - The car park is north of the Beaulieu Road Station (on the left immediately after the bridge) on the B3056. The tracks take you through open heathland – starting at Shatterford Bottom through Denny Wood and Inclosures and back via Bishop’s Dyke (hen harrier country). This is an easy walk which is approximately 6 miles long and an excellent opportunity to enjoy the diverse flora and fauna.
Another bracing walk from Keyhaven (there’s a large car park here) to Hurst Castle is a must. Take the path from the yacht club and head south west to Hurst spit. On reaching the castle take time to explore the old ramparts and its history from Tudor times to the 20th century. There is a small entry fee but well worth the cost. At this point you have two choices, re-trace your route to Keyhaven car park or take the ferry boat back to Keyhaven. The round trip is approximately 4.5 miles (obviously halve it if you take the ferry!). Whilst there, why not visit The Gun at Keyhaven which is an old English style pub with an excellent beer garden at the rear.
Plenty of parking here. Access from Boldrewood, via the underpass, follow the road signposted to Linwood. The High Corner Inn is signposted on the right hand side down a gravel track. This is an easy 3.5 mile route and what better way to work up an appetite for a lazy lunch washed down with real ale! Look out for the deer on this trail and the open heathland offers yet more stunning views.
Explore the New Forest with the PodVisits New Forest Walks iPhone app. A variety of walking routes guide you through the forest's woodlands, heaths, coast and villages.
Each walk reveals the history and folklore which has helped make the forest such a unique place. And the App points out the viewpoints and wonderful wildlife all around you. The walks cover a variety of distances and levels of difficulty. Starting points include Brockenhurst, Lyndhurst, Fritham, Burley and Lepe.
The App uses your iPhone's GPS to guide you between virtual waymarkers on your route.