Walking in the New Forest National Park

WalkerWalking is a wonderful way to see the New Forest National Park close up, with dozens of walk routes that take you into the woods, along the coast, over heathland or by rivers and streams.

Experience the colours of changing seasons and the diverse flora and fauna. One of the special qualities of the National Park is the freedom to ramble across unenclosed land.

Many walking routes are now available online and on your smartphone through the online route mapping software ViewRanger at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/walking

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From April to July there may be signs asking people to avoid certain areas to limit disturbance to rare breeding birds, such as snipe, curlew and redshank. These birds nest on the ground in wet areas.

ViewRanger also tracks your progress during the walk, and allows you to upload pictures along the route and even see where your friends have been walking.There are also many waymarked trails on the Forestry Commission website at www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-8yfea4

The New Forest Walking Festival will return from 14 to 29 October 2017.

Immerse yourself into the history, culture and wildlife of the National Park on expert-led walks during this autumn’s New Forest Walking Festival. The popular festival will double in size this year, with twice as many guided walks over a fortnight, including half term, from 18 October to 2 November.

The 2016 Festival saw 1,900 people enjoy 80 behind the scenes family strolls, history hikes, wildlife walks and more. All walks were expert-led by the New Forest National Park Authority and partner organisations, helping people learn more about the National Park.

To find out more and book your place visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/walkingfestival