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Millyford Bridge walks

An old steam roller makes slow but steady progress on the minor road near Millyford Bridge - New Forest walks are always likely to provide surprises!
An old steam roller makes slow but steady
progress on the minor road near Millyford Bridge -
New Forest walks are always likely to provide surprises!

Located 4 kilometres (2½ miles) west of Lyndhurst on the minor road leading from Emery Down to Bolderwood and Linwood, Millyford Bridge carries that minor road over Highland Water, an attractive gravel-bottomed New Forest stream.

Two walks are described here. Both start in the Millyford Bridge, Forestry Commission car park that is idyllically situated beside Highland Water.

The first walk, the shorter of the two, is wholly within broad-leaved and coniferous inclosure woodlands of various ages, whilst the second walk also features a woodland inclosure but in addition passes through magnificent ancient, unenclosed woodlands, particularly in Wick Wood, and crosses picturesque heathland at Acres Down.

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The Glorious New Forest
New Forest ponies in the road
New Forest ponies in the road
Marvellous landscapes, marvellous wildlife
** New Forest ponies and other animals**
New Forest ponies in the road
Commoners' ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene, but during 2019 agisters attended 159 road traffic accidents involving these animals, a small but disappointing increase on the 154 accidents attended in 2018.

Sadly, 58 animals were killed - 35 ponies, 13 cows, 8 donkeys and 2 sheep, whilst a further 32 were injured - 3 pigs, 9 donkeys, 11 cows and 9 ponies.

(Forty-three accidents occurred in daylight, 15 at twilight and 101 in the dark. Twenty-seven accidents were not reported by the driver involved).
** Always take care when driving **
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley