Hale Purlieu figure of eight walk

Walking trail

A figure of eight walk through Hale Purlieu, crossing streams and taking in great views across the Common’s valleys and mires. Look out for butterflies and dragonflies as you explore. Stonechats and dartford warblers can also be seen flying between the gorse bushes.

The route crosses water at several points, so sturdy, waterproof boots or wellies are advised. 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.

Heather at Hale Purlieu Common, New Forest, Hampshire


A walking trail map through Hale Common in the New Forest, Hampshire




Head north east onto the common from the car park, picking up a gravel path through the gorse bushes that heads gently downhill towards the valley bottom, keeping left if the path forks.


Reach the valley bottom and cross directly over the stream, which now has a new name - "Beetles Bottom" - thought up by the Beetles class of Hale Primary School 2017. Continue to pass under the large ornate pine tree and carry on slightly-right uphill towards a small patch of woodland.

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When the ground levels out you will reach a cross roads. Head straight on to follow a path that hugs the edge of the Purlieu, heading north east, eventually passing under the powerlines.

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You will meet another crossroads with a gravel cairn. Again, carry straight on, ignoring another crossroads soon afterwards. Before you reach the northern edge of the Purlieu, marked by a thick tree line, you will meet a third crossroads. Turn left here to again hug the edge of the Common.

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The ground will really flatten out and can become wet here. Turn left when you reach the edge of the Common. Turn left on wide grass track. Fork left just past a seat near the edge of the common, heading south and downhill towards a ford.


Cross over the ford by any means possible, it can get very wet. Head straight on uphill towards a distant clump of trees as the ground levels out. Head under the powerlines once more.

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About 150m past the powerlines, as you reach some birch trees, you come to a crossroads. You have been here before - this marks the centre of the figure of eight. Carry straight on at the crossroads heading south, keeping right as you hug the edge of the common.

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Cross over the ford at the bottom of the valley and head back uphill. Bear right back up towards the car park across the Common to finish the walk. It can get wet towards the top so pick your way carefully.



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Hale Purlieu figure of eight walk

How to get here

Turn off Lady's Mile Road into the National Trust car park at Hale Purlieu, SP6 2QZ
By road

Lady Mile Road, off High Street, Hale, Hampshire, 5 miles north-east of Fordingbridge, access from A338. 12 miles north-west of Lyndhurst via A337/B3078.

Hale Purlieu figure of eight walk

Facilities and access

  • Free car park
  • No toilet facilities on route
  • No refreshment facilities on route