Spring walks in Hampshire

The mild start to the year has brought spring zooming forward, with blackthorn blossom appearing as early as mid-February. It's the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring at our places across Hampshire. Listen to skylarks as you climb Stockbridge Down. A stroll across a New Forest heath will immerse you in bird song. At The Vyne and Hinton Ampner downloadable trails take you through woods full of bluebells. Every step you take supports our work in the countryside.

Horses galloping across Foxbury in the New Forest, Hampshire

New Forest 

Discover wildlife and panoramic views on a spring stroll across this unique landscape. We care for five commons and there are several downloadable walks to choose from, each offering glorious spring experiences. Take in beautiful birdsong, New Forest foals, and acres of ancient open heath.

Common blue butterflies on Stockbridge Down


You can learn about Mottisfont's fascinating wildlife, history, even charcoal-making, on free guided walks through the gardens, village and wider estate. If you fancy a a longer walk, head out into the wider estate and discover magnificent bluebell woods. Or soak up spectacular views and spring wildlife on nearby Stockbridge Down.

Beech avenues at Hinton Ampner, Hampshire

Hinton Ampner 

Hinton Ampner has some of Hampshire's most picturesque bluebell woods, which you can explore on its estate trail. In fact, there are several routes to enjoy, taking you through Hinton's ancient parkland, across centuries old battle fields and into pretty villages.

View through grasses across to wetlands
Walking trail

The Vyne 

The Vyne's mix landscape offers up some rewarding walks in spring. You can stroll through woods full of bluebells, and alongside an elegant lake fringed with spring flowers. If you reach the wetlands you'll be rewarded with teaming wildlife, and a bird hide from which to enjoy it.