The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted many aspects of our lives, including creating a new momentum for cycling and walking. People from all generations have found solace in nature, developing a love for the great outdoors and relying on that daily stroll for mental clarity. User research from Instagram has confirmed that walking has become a widespread hobby and it's not going away. Getting outdoors is a chance to put our digital devices away and rekindle a connection with nature, to be amongst the trees in solitude, to listen to the sound of bird song, to pause and be present.
Here are some of our favourite walking routes in the New Forest national park.
Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary
Located just a few miles from the Montagu Arms is Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary. The sanctuary provides you with a chance to get as close to these animals as you can, given that they are probably the shiest out of all the New Forest wildlife. Between April and September many Fallow deer remain in the area as the New Forest rangers feed and look after them. Admirers can view these captivating animals from a purpose built platform. We recommend visiting this sanctuary between noon and 3pm to be in the best chance of seeing these beautiful creatures feast on their daily meal.
This beautiful area between Beaulieu and Lymington provides visitors with plenty to admire. Ideal for a stopover in between exploring by car or bike, Hatchet Pond is the largest body of water in the New Forest.
The Solent Way
Stretching 60 miles, the Solent Way walking routes provide plenty of beautiful sights of the Hampshire coast line, perfect for an evening stroll as the sun sets. One of the local walks along this area is from Milford to Lymington, about 10 miles. With spectacular views of the Needles at the Isle of Wight, the route takes you right up to the lovely port of Lymington.
Rhinefield Ornamental Drive
Home to some of the tallest trees in England, Rhinefield Ornamental drive situated near Brockenhurst is an outstanding feature of the New Forest national park.
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