Walking advice from New Forest Park Lead Ranger
It’s important to dress for the season and the weather. In the autumn and winter wear suitable footwear, warm clothing and waterproofs, as the weather is often unpredictable and parts of some walks can be muddy. Even in the summer, the weather can be changeable.
Food and drink
Local pubs and cafes are never too far away in many parts of the New Forest. However it is always advisable to carry a drink, snacks and any medication you may need and remember to take your litter home with you or put it in a bin.
The National Park is famous for its roaming ponies, cattle, donkeys and pigs. They’re owned by people called Commoners. They are not used to people so it’s best to look, but don’t touch or feed the animals.
Ticks and Lyme Disease
Ticks are found in the wooded and grassy areas of the New Forest. They feed on the blood of passing animals including humans – find out how you can reduce the risk of infection.
All walkers walk at their own risk and neither the New Forest National Park Authority, partners or guides can take responsibility for personal injury. To the best of our knowledge, the routes are entirely on public rights of way or within areas that are open for public access. But we cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies in the information. If you do find a mistake in them, or think they could be improved, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org