New Forest Northern Commons - Bramshaw Common

Turners Bottom at Bramshaw Common, New Forest Northern Commons, Hampshire

Enjoy the diverse landscapes of Bramshaw, containing some of the best examples of lowland heathland habitats, grazed by ponies, donkeys, pigs, cattle and sheep.

Cattle grazing on the common
Cattle in the New Forest, Hampshire
Cattle grazing on the common

The area comprises of 575 hectares of old manorial waste and common land; steeped with a history dating back to the bronze age, Bramshaw holds special meaning for both its communities and visitors.

Take in the boundless views from Stagbury Hill, the second highest point in the whole New Forest and a Bronze Age barrow site. Wander through the open wood pasture at Half Moon or the wetland bogs at Plaitford. Visit Stocks Cross, a former site containing stocks and gallows used up until 1831.

Popular with dog walkers and wildlife spotters alike, Bramshaw is a strong hold of commoning and home to a myriad of wildlife. It's well known for bird life, such as wood larks, nightjars and Dartford warblers, as well as dragonflies. Look closely to discover one of our most precious natural resources.

How to get here

National Trust car park on Half Moon Common is located on Blackhill Road and can be accessed easily from the North via the A36. Use post code SO51 6AQ. Grid reference: SU 297 177.