Coast and countryside in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

There's woods, wetland, farmland and chalk streams for you to enjoy in Hampshire. Seek out the huge expanses of our New Forest commons or the wildlife-rich downland and marshes of Stockbridge. The dramatic coastline of the Isle of Wight offers magnificent beaches, and cliff-top walks with panoramic views and beautiful wildflowers.

A fenced burial mound at Stockbridge Down, Hampshire

The estate at Mottisfont

We look after 1600 acres of Hampshire countryside, including Stockbridge Down and Marsh, and Curbridge Nature Reserve; a mix of ancient oak woodland, working hazel and chestnut coppices, wetland meadows and plantations.

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.

The view from the roof in the evening at Hinton Ampner, Hampshire

The Estate and Parkland at Hinton Ampner

Explore the estate and parkland with downloadable trails and family fun events. Walk in the footsteps of soldiers and find out about how the estate played a part in the English Civil War.

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.

Visitors to St Catherine's Down and Knowles Farm, 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.

The sandy beach at Nodes Point with a boat in the distance

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.