Walking in late summer

The crowds have gone, the kids are back at school. Now is the time to indulge in a ramble through Hampshire’s glorious landscapes, in the late summer sun. From the bench on top of Stockbridge Down you’ll discover panoramic views, whilst snaking New Forest tracks take you through expanses of heather and yellow gorse.

Purple heather around a clump of trees at Ibsley Common in the New Forest, Hampshire

New Forest

Our New Forest commons offer beautiful areas of wilderness and wood to explore in early autumn. Unique landscapes of heathland, mire, woodland and grassland reveal spectacular views and huge expanses of purple heather. Downloadable walks offer a mix of terrains, views and distance.

Stunning views from Stockbridge Down
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Stockbridge Down 

This island of chalk downland reveals panoramic views over farmland, and a route that takes you to its ancient past.

The font stream at Mottisfont, Hampshire
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Take a gentle one mile walk around Mottisfont's grounds, where ancient trees, rolling lawns and babbling brooks frame this romantic old house

Walking up Selborne's quirky Zig-Zag path
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Selborne Common 

Walk up Selborne's quirky Zig-Zag path, in the footsteps of Hampshire's famous naturalist, Gilbert White. Gilbert loved strolling through these woodland glades, rich in butterflies and pretty views.

Follow the red way markers for the Stewkeley walk
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Hinton Ampner 

Hinton Ampner's newest downloadable trail takes you on a gentle circular stroll across this verdant estate towards the picturesque village of Kilmeston.