A short stroll around Hightown in the New Forest

Walking trail

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 wander off route to discover some hidden wetlands, all in under 30 minutes.

Dogs need to be kept on a short lead or under close control during ground nesting bird season (March – July). Livestock may be present: take care, keep your distance and avoid getting between animals and their young.

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


A walking trail map for Hightown Common, New Forest, Hampshire




From the car park head north onto the common, heading past a concrete bench on your left across a grazed lawn and into a break in the gorse buses, heading towards the A31.


Reaching a tree-lined gulley at the boundary to the A31, take a well trodden path to your left. Follow this path, keeping the A31 on your right.


As you are nearing the western boundary, take another path to the left that eventually hugs the edge of the common under tree cover.

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Continue to follow the path that hugs the boundary of the common. Please be careful here, as this is used by vehicles accessing properties.


Reaching the road ahead, cross over to pick up another path almost directly in front of you. Follow this path round to the left as you continue to hug the boundary of the common.

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When reaching the gated entrance to a property, take the gravel track to the left that heads steadily back up hill. As the ground levels out, continue to hug the boundary of the common under tree cover.


The common opens out with stunning views south of the open Forest. Pass a wooden bench on your left, and turn left at the gravel track to make your way back up towards the road and car park.



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A short stroll around Hightown in the New Forest

How to get here

Hightown NT car park, located at BH24 3HH on Hightown Hill.
By road

Head for Hightown Hill, near Ringwood, Hampshire, ten miles south-west of Lyndhurst, access from A31. Three miles east of Ringwood and nine miles from Fordingbridge, travelling south on A338. 

A short stroll around Hightown in the New Forest

Facilities and access

  • Free car park.
  • No toilets or catering facilities on the walk.