There are some really lovely routes passing through Mottisfont.

For a gentle ride there is the Test Way running from Romsey to Stockbridge. The more experienced can cycle route 24, which runs from Bath to Southampton.


For those who enjoy a slower pace, we've a fantastic estate walk that takes between 2 and 4 hours. It takes in our woodlands, river and the village. Pick one up at Visitor Reception.

Further afield

Mottisfont also cares for part of the New Forest. Why not check out the New Forest Northern Commons web pages for more information on what you can do there.

Historic woodlands

The woodland on the Mottisfont estate

Our woods have been in place for over 400 years, making them ancient woodlands. They're in a semi-natural state due to man's intervention. Now we actively manage the woods for nature conservation.

A working estate

Cows owned by our tenant farmers

In the 17th century the land was enclosed for farming.
Today, much of the land is farmed, growing arable crops or for grazing cattle.
We work closely with our farm tenants to improve wildlife habitats. 

World famous fisheries

Oakley fishing hut was where expert fly fisherman Frederic Halford fished

As one of the great chalk streams of the world, the River Test has crystal-clear waters.
It was here that Frederic Halford promoted and perfected the art of dry fly fishing.

Get involved

Why not help out our countryside team? © Chris Lacey

Why not help out our countryside team?

We manage the countryside in and around Mottisfont to conserve and enhance wildlife habitats, preserve the landscapes and give access for all to enjoy.

As well as our countryside team and rangers, we've a great team of volunteers. They play an important role in helping us with a variety of tasks from scrub clearance to education events. 

Meet our ranger

Mottisfont's ranger, Cat © National Trust

Mottisfont's ranger, Cat

Meet Catherine, one of our countryside rangers. Cat's always busy out in the estate fixing fences, helping with the fishing stock and checking up on our butterfly population.

Read Catherine's blog to find out all the great work our countryside team does to conserve the estate and enable you to see more of it.