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
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
New Forest Walking Festival – 18 October to 2 November, 2014
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 walks are led by specialist guides through the gentle, flat and internationally important landscape of the forest, making them ideal for walkers of all ages including families. Unlike other walking festivals, those leaving their car behind and travelling to festival walks on foot, bike or by public transport are rewarded with a free walk or discounted rates.
To find out more and book your place visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/walkingfestival