Walking your dog in the New Forest Northern Commons

Dog walking on a lead

The New Forest is a great place for dog walking, with winding tracks perfectly suited for canine companions.

Dogs are welcome in all our open-access Commons: Rockford and Ibsely, Bramshaw, Hale Purlieu and Hightown.

The New Forest is a very precious environment. Please bear in mind a few hints and tips when you're visiting with your dog:

Dog-walking guidelines

  • To minimise disturbance to local wildlife and livestock, please keep your dogs within sight and under close control at all times.
  • Please use a lead and stick to paths during ground-nesting bird season (March - July).
  • Please remove dog mess from all areas and dispose of it responsibly.
  • Be considerate to other people using the Forest.

The New Forest National Park Authority have worked with dog owners in the local community to create a dog walking code.