Coast and countryside

There's woodland, wetland, farmland and more for you to enjoy in Hampshire, including the commons of the New Forest. Plus the dramatic coastline of the Isle of Wight. So come out and play.

A winter view across Stockbridge Down, Hampshire, with livestock

The estate at Mottisfont

We look after 1600 acres of woodland and tenanted farmland in the glorious Hampshire countryside, including Stockbridge Down and Marsh, and Curbridge Nature Reserve.

Tufted Drake at The Vyne

Woodlands and wetlands at The Vyne

Our combination of towering trees and dead wood support a great variety of wildlife and fungi, see what you can spot on your walk.

New Forest ponies drink at Dockens Water in the New Forest, Hampshire

New Forest Northern Commons

Find a place of retreat or adventure in this delightful sprawling wilderness that is the New Forest Commons, with its varied landscape of woodland, heathland, mire and grassland. At Hale Purlieu there's space to play or picnic. At Bramshaw there are plenty of walks for you and your dog. And at Ibsley and Rockford you'll be inspired by the wild, open scenery.

The Needles Headland and Tennyson Down

The Needles Headland and Tennyson Down 

Enjoy one of the best picnic spots in Britain as you gaze over white chalk cliffs - just wrap up warm if you've visiting in the winter. Follow our walking trails and spot wildlife along the way.

Brent geese over Strangford Lough, County Down, Northern Ireland

Newtown National Nature Reserve, Isle of Wight 

Take a walk across Newtown National Nature Reserve on the Isle of Wight and see how much of its teeming wildlife you can spot.

Family on the beach at Compton Bay, Isle of Wight

Compton Bay and Downs, Isle of Wight 

Compton Bay and Downs on the Isle of Wight was once roamed by dinosaurs, making it a great place to go fossil hunting. You can also walk across the open downland or enjoy a classic day at the beach.

The chalk Culver Cliffs rise up behind Yaverland beach

Bembridge and Culver Downs 

Let the stunning cliff-top views, history, birds, butterflies and downland natural life inspire you. Blow those cobwebs away walking, cycling, running, with your four-legged friend or flying a kite.

A couple walking along St Catherine's Down, Isle of Wight

St Catherine's Down 

Explore the downs by foot, bicycle or with your dog and enjoy getting outside and breathing in that blustery sea air.

A walker passing through a gate at St Boniface Down and Coombe Bottom

Ventnor Downs 

With an abundance of wildlife for you to spot and glorious walks aplenty, you may have a hard time fitting everything we have to offer into one day trip.

Childern discovering a crab in a rockpool

St Helen's Duver  

From rock pooling and walking, to wildflowers and spotting boats on the horizon, there's plenty to see and do at the Duver.

Wellingtonia Avenue

Finchampstead Ridges, Berkshire

Discover the hidden gem of Finchampstead Ridges, one of the National Trust's oldest sites and home to an array of wildlife.