Walking in the New Forest

Trails are suitable for all ages and abilities and some are pushchair and buggy friendly. You don’t even need a map.

Follow the wooden posts with the coloured marker bands and take in the stunning views along the way. Follow the links to our recommended trails:

There are over 130 car parks throughout the forest and each one has a gateway into the wider forest.  You’ll find facilities at some sites, such as picnic tables, toilets and information. Throughout the Easter holidays and summertime, at Bolderwood, we offer a seasonal information cabin that provides advice on how to make the most of your visit.

A place for everyone to enjoy

The New Forest is great for dogs but to minimise disturbance to wildlife, livestock and other people, please keep your dogs close by you and visible at all times - if necessary use a lead.  Pick up after your dog, especially around car parks, on paths and where people play or picnic.

To help ground nesting birds rear their young safely, keep yourself, dogs and ridden horses on the main tracks from the beginning of March to the end of July.

The New Forest is a working forest, with forestry, farming and equestrian activity on its narrow roads and tracks. Stay safe by obeying warning signs and keeping away from work sites and vehicles.

Ponies, cattle and other animals are free to roam the forest, so please admire the ponies without getting too close and certainly don’t feed them.


Organised events require permission from the Forestry Commission.

If you are taking part in an organised event, follow the additional instructions to minimise your impact. Help us to protect this special place.

Activity Information

There are hundreds of miles of gravel paths to explore with varied natural terrain.