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Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Contact details

Opening hours

Havant Thicket is open 365 days a year, current hours are 7am until 6pm.

How to find us

How to find us
Manor Lodge Road, Rowland's Castle
Sat Nav Postcode: PO9 6HE
By Car

The car park to Havant Thicket is off the B2149 (Manor Road) near Rowlands Castle. 

OS Grid Ref
SU723102

50.887062388029, -0.97323417663574

Parking and prices

There are no parking charges at Havant Thicket. 

Additional information

Number of accessible parking spaces: 0

There are no designated accessible parking spaces at this forest, have you seen our Easy Access trails page?

Contact details

Pack up your picnic rug and come and enjoy a tasty treat in the beautiful setting of Havant Thicket, located within the Forest of Bere

Forestry update

Over many decades some of the areas of Havant Thicket have been planted with non-native conifer trees to provide timber for the nation. Forestry England’s contractors will be working in the area until 19 February, removing the some of the conifer trees to start the journey of restoring this area to a broadleaf woodland.

The native, broadleaf trees will be retained and by thinning out some of the younger conifer trees it will let more light reach the woodland floor which increases the diversity of plants and encourages more wildlife.

Over the next 2-3 years this area of Havant Thicket will be planted with young broadleaf saplings, which is a vital step in preserving the rich soil quality and will enhance the habitats for wildlife. Portsmouth Water is supporting Forestry England in the restoration of this local woodland by planting a mix of broadleaf species that will ensure continuity of habitat and provide all the other benefits that trees bring, including carbon sequestration and the boost to health and wellbeing that local people take in visiting the area.

 The aim of this work is to begin to achieve the overall and long-term vision of the Forest Plan, a process that has been consulted upon. The approved Forest Plan ensures the long-term sustainable management of Havant Thicket to improve its condition, quality and connectivity to the wider landscape.

With connections to the neighbouring Staunton Country Park, a variety of gravel paths and a large grassy picnic area with countryside views, Havant Thicket is a great day out. 

Dog walkers are welcome, however please control your dog and do not allow them into the neighbouring fields where there may be sheep or horses. There is one dog bin in the car park. Please do not leave used bags around the forest as these can harm the wildlife that lives here.

At a glance

  • Walking trails 

  • Horse riding 

  • Picnic area 

  • Dogs welcome

Things to do

Explore the paths of Havant Thicket on horse back. 

Horse riding is by permit only and is informal, there is no marked route. A permit can be purchased through TROT. 

Enjoy a tasty treat in the forest at Havant Thicket. Just bring along good food and company!

We have a large grassy picnic area for you to enjoy, with good views across the fields. Please bring your own picnic rug. 

To prevent forest fires and reduce waste, please do not bring any barbecues into our forests.

Walking is the perfect way to get some fresh air and explore some of the area's most beautiful landscapes. 

From Havant Thicket's car park, you can access the link path that will take you into neighbouring Staunton Country Park. There is also a variety of tracks from the car park all around Havant Thicket. Some are gravel and are suitable for less able walkers, some are grassy and whilst good in summer, may become muddy in winter so wear something suitable on your feet.

 

Nearby forests

Mixed woodland on a sunny day

Located west of Waterlooville within the stunning South Downs landscape, Creech Wood is home to some impressive conifers as well as a small number of ancient broad-leaved trees. The mixture of old and young trees provides a variety of habitats for wildlife, including patches of heather favoured by butterflies and bees, so bring your binoculars!

family enjoying the woodlands

Discover endless family fun in the great outdoors at Queen Elizabeth Country Park.

From the top of Butser Hill, the highest point on the South Downs, down to the Visitor Centre with its shop and cafe, the park makes for a great day out.

For further information about current facilities, please visit the Hampshire County Council website 

Tree canopy with blue skies

Located within the South Downs National Park, West Harting down offers a network of paths and trails, making it very popular with dog walkers and horse-riders.  

The higher ground in the north of West Harting Down provides significant views out to the Solent and the Isle of Wight.

woodland trail in picturesque setting

With walking trails, cycling, outdoor play and picnic spots, West Walk is the ideal family day out. At 350 hectares, it is the largest remaining fragment of the ancient Forest of Bere. 

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