New Forest Walks

Whether you are looking to discover villages where time has stood still, roam through ancient woodlands, or get up-close and personal with some of the New Forest's many wildlife species, there is a walk in the New Forest to suit everyone! With so many routes on offer, choosing the best New Forest walk is made easy with our guide below...

New Forest Pub Walks

No matter what the season, a New Forest pub walk is sure to be a crowd pleaser. In the warmer months there are lots of forest and coastal based walks near pubs, with outside seating to rest and refresh; whilst in colder climes, choose a pub walk in the New Forest that takes you to a roaring fire to warm up with a glass of something!

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New Forest Dog Walks

With ample acres of open heathlands, and networks of rivers and coastlines to discover, New Forest dog walking routes are aplenty! There are many tracks for you, and your dog, to choose from & lots of pubs and cafes in the New Forest are dog-friendly, with refreshments on offer for you and your furry companion after a long walk together!

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Circular walks in the New Forest

Choose a circular walk in the New Forest to enjoy a 360-degree vista of the many beauty hotspots the New Forest area boasts. Whether a stomp through the woodlands, a gentle stroll through country lanes, or a potter through some of the New Forest's most picturesque villages, click here for a selection of the best New Forest circular walks on the map:

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New Forest Walks by town

Choose a walk in the New Forest's market towns of Lymington, Salisbury and Ringwood to treat yourself to fresh air and bag a bargain from many of the stalls and boutique shops on offer! A walk through the streets of the New Forest's picturesque Burley, Lyndhurst and Beaulieu areas will transport you back in time, as the pretty towns are also rich in folklore and history, whilst Brockenhurst and Fordingbridge hold some of the best New Forest woodland & riverside walks with scenery rich in both colour and wildlife.

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Photo: Roe Deer in a Bluebell Wood, Matt Roseveare Photography.

Maps of New Forest Walks

From family-friendly & accessible walks, through to more adventurous jaunts off the beaten track, experience the true beauty with a New Forest National Park no matter what time of year you visit! The following links offer maps to some of the best walking routes in the New Forest to help plan ahead for your visit:

New Forest National Park Authority – walking maps

Go Outdoors – New Forest walking maps

GPS – New Forest walking maps

Ordinance Survey – New Forest walking maps


New Forest Walking Festival

Join the celebrations of the annual New Forest Walking Festival with guided strolls, history hikes and wildlife walks for all ages and abilities!

New Forest events

New Forest walking routes