Summer walks in Hampshire

A summer ramble in Hampshire will take you into a world of sparkling streams, cool woodlands and ancient heaths. Look out for purple emperor butterflies at Selborne Common, or pause for a while on Stockbridge Marsh to spot water voles and jewel-like dragonflies. Every step you take helps support our summer nature conservation work.

Heather at Hale Purlieu Common, New Forest, Hampshire

New Forest 

A walk in the New Forest reveals ancient landscapes of heathland, woodland and valley mires. Discover diverse and colourful wildlife, from fragile wildflowers and secretive reptiles to heath-loving insects and birds. Follow our Huff Duff downloadable trail and you'll discover World War Two history and nearby, a 16th-century family pub for refreshments.

A path beside the river at Mottisfont, Hampshire


Set out on a summer adventure through ancient woodlands, historic farmland and along the crystal-clear waters of the River Test. You'll discover Mottisfont's pretty village too, and a little further afield lies Stockbridge Marsh – home to dragonflies and water voles. Nearby Stockbridge Down reveals huge views and a myriad wildflowers and butterflies. The piercing cries of red kites can be heard as they wheel on the thermals above

The ancient avenue of lime trees at Hinton Ampner

Hinton Ampner 

You can choose from no less than four walking routes at Hinton Ampner, including the Dutton Estate trail. It'll take you into sun-lit woodland filled with bird song, deer and broad rides to stroll along. You'll take in broad vistas over the South Downs as well as working farmland - a good place to look out for farm wildlife.

View through grasses across to wetlands
Walking trail

The Vyne 

One of the best landscapes to experience in summer is woodland. The Vyne's downloadable trail takes you through glorious ancient woods, where dappled light shimmers on the fresh green foliage. Look out for wetlands, teaming with wildlife.

A silver washed fritillary butterfly
Walking trail

Selborne common 

Magnificent beech woodlands and flower-filled meadows attract a host of butterflies in summer. Look out for silver-washed fritillaries and orange tips flitting across the glades. You may even spot a purple emperor as you stroll up the zig-zag hill.