Winter walks in the New Forest

Dockens Water in the New Forest, Hampshire

Escape to the wild open spaces of the New Forest this winter, for a really invigorating walking experience. 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. The Ibsley walk takes you back into its Second World War past. An early stroll across Hale Purlieu will reveal mist-covered valleys, and at Hightown look out for New Forest ponies on grassy lawns.

A group of pine trees atop a hill known as Robin Hood's clump at Iblsey Common, in the New Forest
Walking trail

Walk to the Huff Duff 

A walk from Ibsley to Rockford Commons, taking in military history with a visit the Huff Duff (an old directional station) and lots of opportunities to spot exciting New Forest wildlife, such as lizards, butterflies and predatory birds.

A sunny view of Hale Common in the New Forest, with ferns and leafy trees
Walking trail

Hale Purlieu figure of eight walk 

A figure of eight walk through Hale Purlieu, taking in great views across the Common’s valleys and mires.

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.