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Wander in the woods

Walkers in Pondhead Inclosure
Walkers in Pondhead Inclosure

For those who don't want to venture out on any of the longer New Forest Walks, detailed in the walking section of this web site, there are many other opportunities for short woodland strolls along well-made, often gravel tracks straight from Forestry Commission car parks. Here are some suggestions, although a glance at an Ordnance Survey map will help identify many other likely locations.

(A) and (B) The Tilery Road and Standing Hat car parks, both adjacent to Balmer Lawn 1 kilometre (just over ½ mile) north-east of Brockenhurst, give access to Parkhill and other inclosures.

(C) The Millyford Bridge car park, on the minor road from Emery Down to Bolderwood and Linwood, 4 kilometres (2½ miles) west of Lyndhurst, gives access to Holmhill and adjacent Inclosures.

(D) The Matley car park, 3.5 kilometres (2 miles) south-east of Lyndhurst, gives access to the ancient, unenclosed woodlands of Matley Wood.

(E) The Wilverley Plain car park, not far from the A35 6 kilometres (3¾ miles) south-west of Brockenhurst and 7 kilometres (4¼ miles) south-east of Burley, gives access to Wilverley Inclosure.

(F) The Bolderwood car park, close to the Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary, gives access to the Bolderwood Arboretum and adjacent woodlands.

(G) and (H) The Blackwater and Brock Hill car parks, both quite close together on the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive, north-west of Brockenhurst, give access to the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive, Blackwater Arboretum and Tall Trees Trail and to other adjacent areas of woodland.

(I) And finally, the Eyeworth Pond car park, Fritham, gives access to the ancient, unenclosed woodlands of Eyeworth Wood and others nearby.

(Please remember to take care when walking in the woods, and be sure that you are able to find your way back to your start point - access to an Ordnance Survey map will always be helpful).

 

Find out more about New Forest woodlands:

Ancient, unenclosed woodlands


Broad-leaved inclosures


Coniferous inclosures


Woodland inclosures - a bit of history

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** New Forest ponies **
New Forest ponies in the road
Ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene, but during the first six months of 2018, 36 animals were killed or injured on Forest roads, compared with 26 in the same period in 2017, a shocking rise of 38%. And in the full year, 63 animals were killed on the roads compared to 56 in 2017.
** Always take care when driving **
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Content produced by Andrew Walmsley