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Brockenhurst walks

A quiet green lane near Roydon Manor
A quiet green lane near Roydon Manor,
just waiting to be walked!

Check out these great Brockenhurst walks. All can be started from Brockenhurst village centre and they are therefore convenient for travellers by train to Brockenhurst station and also for users of local bus services including, in season, New Forest Tour buses.

All these Brockenhurst walks, though, also pass close to Forestry Commission or other car parks situated on, or near, the main walk routes, which provide convenient alternative start points.

The Brockenhurst walks are of varying length, ranging from 4.5 kilometres (2¾ miles) to 10 kilometres (6¼ miles), excluding the distance from the village centre to the main start points. There are no really steep gradients, and few stiles to climb over.

And for the really energetic, the first walk shown can be extended to incorporate much of a separate Boldre Walk, providing a total route length of 14 kilometres (8¾ miles).

Please note: Charges apply to use of the car park in Brockenhurst village centre. Free parking is, however, available in Forestry Commission car parks and in a small car park beside the river, opposite the Balmer Lawn Hotel - adjacent to the A337 to the north of the village.

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New Forest seasonal highlights
July
Silver-washed fritillary butterflies brighten many woodland rides.
Bird song subsides as the annual moult begins and old worn feathers are cast off and new replacements grown.
Wild gladiolus plants bloom. (In the UK, this species is found only in the New Forest).
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August
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Fallow, red and sika deer antlers, when fully grown, are cleaned of velvet in preparation for the autumn rut.
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