Summer walks in the New Forest

Path cutting through heathland in the New Forest

Discover a wealth of wildlife and picture-perfect views with a summer walk in our New Forest Commons. We've got three very different downloadable trails for you to try, drawing you into some of the Forest's fascinating history, and magnificent ancient landscapes.

From mid-late summer, the New Forest glows with shades of purple: swathes of heather begin to bloom, attracting clouds of silver-studded blue butterflies. Bright yellow gorse also appear in high summer.

Look out for ground-nesting birds such as the Dartford warbler - their breeding season lasts up until July, so they'll be establishing territories and building nests. The European nightjar can be heard across the commons as evening falls.

You may spot dragonflies and damselflies as they hover above bogs and pools. Moths are also prolific this time of year, with day and night flying moths filling the air. 

Dogs are welcome on your New Forest walk, but please keep them on leads to help protest the local wildlife.