Start: Lyndhurst village centre.
Terrain: Mainly on level ground, but with a single, gentle gradient; and mostly firm, but after heavy rain, short sections can be quite wet, and strong boots are then recommended.
Distance: 3 kilometres (almost 2 miles).
The Ridge on White Moor provides distant views across rolling New Forest heath and wetlands towards Longwater Lawn. The heathland here is home to a range of birds that in much of Britain are scarce or absent. Look out for Dartford warblers, woodlarks and stonechats, and from May to early August, at dusk, listen for the churring calls of nightjars. Another national rarity, the silver-studded blue butterfly, is also abundant here during July and early August, which is the main flight period.
The narrow neck of the Park Pale can also be seen on The Ridge where it now survives as a somewhat wasted earthen bank and ditch. Dating back to at least the 13th century, the Park Pale once surrounded a medieval deer park known latterly as Lyndhurst Old Park.
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