Walking in the New Forest

30 Walks in the New Forest National Park

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9781852846374
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5 Jul 2016
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17.2 x 11.6 x 1.3cm
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A guidebook to 30 day walks of between 3 and 10 miles set throughout the New Forest National Park in Hampshire and Wiltshire. Routes explore ancient woodland, heather-clad heath and dramatic coastline, all within easy reach of Southampton, Bournemouth and Salisbury. Walks for all abilities, easily combined to make up longer challenges.

Seasons Seasons
any time of the year; spring brings new life into the forest, summers are mild and the ground is usually dry although this is peak tourist season, autumn brings vivid displays of colour and good clear days, winter has shorter days with the least number of visitors, but some routes can become wet underfoot
Centres Centres
Brockenhurst, Lyndhurst, Lymington, Ringwood, Fordingbridge
Difficulty Difficulty
walks between 3 and 10 miles; terrain fairly flat; paths range from good gravel tracks to narrow paths over open heath; some stream crossings without bridges, though these should not pose any difficulties unless there has been heavy rainfall; navigation straightforward with care sometimes required on indistinct paths over open heath, or through woods
Must See Must See
walks in forests, ancient and ornamental woods, open heaths, rivers and coastal stretches; historic churches and ancient sites; New Forest ponies to deer, birds, plants and all six native reptiles; the largest remaining area of lowland heath in Europe
Availability
Published
ISBN
9781852846374
Published
5 Jul 2016
Edition
First
Pages
208
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.3cm
Weight
250g
  • Overview

    Thanks to William the Conqueror, who set it aside as a royal hunting ground in 1079, the New Forest has been protected by ancient laws for over 900 years. Situated in Hampshire on the south coast of England, it was given National Park status in 2005, helping to further conserve its captivating landscape.

    It is Britain’s smallest national park but offers a wide range of terrain to suit the taste of every walker - ancient woodland, empty heather-clad heath, captivating coastline and many streams and rivers.

    The 30 walks in this guidebook use well-defined tracks and paths to visit interesting historic sites, colourful gardens and picture-postcard villages. They cover all areas of the New Forest National Park and can be shortened or lengthened to suit walkers of all abilities.

    • 30 walks from 3 to 10 miles, suitable for all the family
    • alternatives, shortcuts and detours are given, while many adjacent routes can be joined for full-day walks
    • clear route descriptions with detailed 1:25,000 OS map extracts and colour photographs
  • Contents

    Introduction
    Plants and wildlife
    Geology
    History of the New Forest
    Walking in the New Forest
    Using the guide
    Maps
    Getting to the New Forest
    Getting around the New Forest
    Food and drink
    Where to stay
    Countryside Codes
    Access and rights of way
    The New Forest online
    Longer walks and long-distance routes
    The Walks
    Walk 1 Langley Wood and Hamptworth
    Walk 2 Godshill and Castle Hill
    Walk 3 Hatchet Green and Woodgreen
    Walk 4 Bramshaw Telegraph and Eyeworth Pond
    Walk 5 Bramshaw Church and Nomansland
    Walk 6 Abbots Well and Alderhill Inclosure
    Walk 7 Fritham and Cadman’s Pool
    Walk 8 Janesmoor Pond and the Rufus Stone
    Walk 9 High Corner Inn and Ogden’s Purlieu
    Walk 10 Appleslade Bottom to Rockford via Ibsley Common
    Walk 11 Castle Piece and Linford Brook
    Walk 12 Exploring Bolderwood
    Walk 13 Minstead and Furzey Gardens
    Walk 14 Portuguese Fireplace and the Knightwood Oak
    Walk 15 Bank and Gritnam
    Walk 16 Ober Water and Blackwater Arboretum
    Walk 17 Holmsley Walk and Burley
    Walk 18 Wilverley Inclosure and Castleman’s Corkscrew
    Walk 19 Lyndhurst and Bolton’s Bench
    Walk 20 Ashurst figure-of-eight
    Walk 21 Beaulieu Road and Bishop’s Dyke
    Walk 22 King’s Hat, Dibden Bottom and the Beaulieu River
    Walk 23 Stubby Copse Inclosure and Balmer Lawn
    Walk 24 Brockenhurst and Dilton
    Walk 25 Hatchet Pond and Hawkhill Inclosure
    Walk 26 Beaulieu River from Beaulieu to Buckler’s Hard
    Walk 27 Setley Common and Boldre Church
    Walk 28 Exploring the coastline from Lymington to Keyhaven
    Walk 29 Milford on Sea and Hurst Castle
    Walk 30 Lepe and Exbury

    Appendix A Route summary table
    Appendix B Useful contact information
    Appendix C Glossary
    Appendix D Bibliography

  • Maps
    Maps

    This guide contains extracts from the Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Explorer series maps, with the route marked on, along with any shortcuts and extensions. These maps have a scale of 4cm to 1km (2½ inches to 1 mile) and offer a high level of detail, such as the location of a path in relation to a forest ride or boundary, making route finding much easier. All of the walks can be found on the Ordnance Survey Explorer Map OL22 – New Forest, except for Walk 1 which also requires Map 131 – Romsey, Andover & Test Valley.

    The grid references given in the guide are generated from the National Grid, and each map is divided by a series of vertical and horizontal lines to create a grid with a spacing of 1km. You can locate a point on a map, accurate to within 100m, using a grid reference made up of two letters and six numbers. The two letters correspond to the 100,000m square in which the grid reference lies. The first two digits of the six-figure number correspond to the vertical line (‘easting’) to the left of the point of interest, using the horizontal numbers along the bottom and top of the map; the third digit is the tenths of the square (equivalent to 100m). Next take the fourth and fifth digits, and move up the map to locate the horizontal line (‘northing’) below the point of interest; the last digit is again the number of tenths moving up through the square. Always remember: the horizontal numbers come before the vertical ones.

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Steve Davison

Steve Davison is a writer and photographer who has lived in Berkshire for over 25 years. He has written a number of books as well as articles for magazines and national and local newspapers, specialising in hill-walking and UK and European travel, and counts nature, geology and the countryside among his particular interests. A keen hill-walker for many years, and a Mountain Leader, Steve has also worked as a part-time outdoor education instructor. He is also a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild.

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