Spring walks in Hampshire

Spring is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the sights and sounds of the countryside in Hampshire. You can take in glorious vistas on our downloadable trails. Listen to skylarks as you climb Stockbridge Down, home to wildflowers and butterflies. Mottisfont reveals picturesque farmland and pretty hamlets. A stroll along chalk tracks on New Forest heaths immerses you in glorious bird song. At The Vyne and Hinton Ampner trails meander through woods full of native bluebells.

Chalk path across grass, with oak in foreground and line of trees in background


You can learn about Mottisfont's fascinating wildlife, history, even charcoal-making, on free guided walks through the gardens and village. If you fancy a a longer walk, follow our six mile estate walk through beautiful countryside, taking in glorious bluebell woods in late spring.

Horses galloping across Foxbury in the New Forest, Hampshire

New Forest 

Discover wildlife and panoramic views on a spring stroll across this unique landscape of heath, mire, and woodland. We care for five commons and our three downloadable walks each offer different springtime experiences. Take in beautiful birdsong, New Forest foals, and acres of ancient open heath. We've got top tips on what spring birds to look out, plus how you can help us to protect them during ground-nesting season (March-July).

One of Hinton Ampner's estate paths in summer

Hinton Ampner 

Hinton Ampner has no less than four picturesque trails, over a broad mix of Hampshire landscapes. They’ll take you through ancient parkland, across centuries old battle fields and into pretty villages. There are towering beech woodlands too, carpeted in native bluebells.

Bluebells flourish in Morgaston Woods.
Walking trail

The Vyne 

The Vyne's mixed landscape creates some beautiful walks in spring. There are paths through ancient woods full of fragrant native bluebells. Pretty fields take you out to The Vyne's wetlands, teaming with wildlife, and a bird hide from which to enjoy it.

Hawthorn blossom in foreground, field with path and trees beyond.

Stockbridge Down 

Over 30 species of butterfly thrive at Stockbridge Down - it's a wildlife oasis. Many of these are already making an appearance by late spring, such as dingy and grizzled skippers. You can enjoy them on our 1.5 mile downloadable walk across this ancient chalk downland full of wildflowers. The panoramic views from the top take you as far as Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire.