With more than 140 miles of tracks and footpaths in the New Forest you are spoiled for choice with places to walk, here are just a few we can recommend:
A 4-mile walk from right from our New Forest Hotel to the beautiful Buckler’s Hard where there are toilets, a café, and a dog friendly pub in case you need a rest and refreshment.
A 2.5-mile walk from the Wilverley Enclosure Car Park, undulating through forest along a well-maintained gravel path. There is even a dog ‘Activity Trail’ (obstacle course) to try. Continue your walk outside of the enclosure on Wilverley Plain for a longer stroll over open parkland.
An 8.5-mile route starting from the centre of the village of Lyndhurst, it heads out to Bolton’s Bench, roughly following the parish boundary, covering open grassland, woodland trail and quiet forest road - dogs should be kept on a lead on road sections.
During the busy seasons dog-friendly beaches can be tricky to find in the UK, but on a lovely sunny day there can be nothing more wonderful than a stroll next to the waves or cooling off in the water. There are plenty of dog-friendly beaches in Hampshire, just a short drive from our New Forest hotel.
Catch the dog-friendly ferry across from Mudeford Quay
Find this spot between Christchurch and Highcliffe
2021 winner of the most dog-friendly beach in Hampshire
Dogs may be required to stay on the lead
Visit the dog-friendly Hurst Castle where dogs are welcome but must be kept on a short lead
Hop into a stable canoe so they can safely sit and enjoy the ride whilst you paddle and see the sights.
At Hurst Castle the only restriction is that dogs must be kept on a lead, so you can explore the whole castle and dogs will even ride for free if you catch the ferry from Keyhaven.
Dogs are welcome in the village, the museum and in the Captain’s Table Tea Rooms, as well as on the River Cruise but must be kept on a lead at all times.
With an array of water stations, a dog-friendly restaurant (with canine ice-cream) and access throughout the gardens – even on the railway! Exbury makes you and your four-legged friends feel welcome. (Dogs must be kept on a lead.)
We welcome you and your well-behaved four-legged friends to enjoy our Hayloft Suites, lovingly converted from an 1820s barn into two spacious duplex suites, the Courtyard Retreats, and our Courtyard Suite and selected snug rooms in the main house.
We understand that being away can be disconcerting; breaking their usual routines, bombarding them with new spaces and smells, which is why you have plenty of room and privacy to feel relaxed and as comfortable as possible so you can all feel at home. We also make sure your furry friend feels welcome with its very own doggy hamper thoughtfully put together by Beco Pets, an environmentally conscious brand who create quality products with as little impact on the environment as possible.
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