New Forest Northern Commons - Hightown

A pony grazes on Hightown Common in the New Forest, Hampshire

A small pocket of lowland heathland on the edge of the New Forest boasting stunning views to the south.

Small but perfectly formed, Hightown is the New Forest in miniature comprising of all the lowland heathland habitats you would expect to find on some of our larger commons.

This parcel of land, consisting of 16 hectares, was acquired by the Open Spaces Society in 1929, in memory of George Shaw-Lefevre who founded the society. It was passed to the National Trust the same year, together with a memorial seat, designed by architect Elisabeth Scott.

Dark Green Fritillary butterfly in the New Forest
Dark Green Fritillary butterfly
Dark Green Fritillary butterfly in the New Forest

Hide away in a secluded spot amidst bird chorus and the architects of the Forest. Perfect for picnicking on a blanket under the watchful eye of an ancient tree.

How to get here

The National Trust car park is situated on Hightown Hill rd, use post code BH24 3HH and grid reference SU 179 054.

Walking at Hightown Common

Heathland with trees on the horizon at Hightown Common in the New Forest, Hampshire
Walking trail

A short stroll around Hightown in the New Forest 

A short walk around our smallest heathland site in the New Forest, great if you are short of time but still want to experience the mosaic of habitats the New Forest has to offer. Walk across grazed lawns, through dark ancient woods and wonder off route to discover some hidden wetlands, all in under 30 minutes.