New Forest Northern Commons - Hale Purlieu
On the far north-western side of the New Forest, Hale Purlieu is made up of dry and wet heathland, comprising of mires, bogs, scrub and woodland.
Help us care for the countryside
Please be aware that camping is not permitted on our New Forest Commons. You can help us look after the countryside by closing gates behind you, keeping dogs under control, not using barbecues or campfires, taking all rubbish home and leaving no trace of your visit. Thank you.
Hale Purlieu is one of the only National Trust sites in the New Forest where protected silver studded blue butterflies can be seen feeding amongst the heather, and nightjars are regularly heard 'chrr'-ing during summer evenings.
The site has some of the finest examples of wetland valley mires in the Forest, hosting many rare species of bog flora.
The word ‘Purlieu’ means ‘deafforested’ or ‘no longer subject to forest law’. This came after 1280 when the common was taken out of the New Forest area; it was reinstated back within the boundary in 1964 under the New Forest Act.
Being on the edge of the Forest, views from the Common’s high points looking south east make the Forest look like an almost endless landscape of gentle valleys, open hill sides and woodland.