Nestled in the heart of Hampshire, a stone’s throw away from our Forest Park hotel is the New Forest National Park. This nature lover’s paradise is brimming with picturesque landscapes, ancient woodlands and diverse wildlife – just waiting to be explored.
The enchanting blend of forest, heathlands and meandering rivers offers an abundance of circular walks that will immerse you in the splendour of nature.
In this blog, we’ll explore the top five circular walks that you must tick off during your stay at the Forest Park hotel.
The Lyndhurst circular walk
This journey will start in the charming village of Lyndhurst and take you through peaceful woodland, alongside serene streams and across the open heathlands – encompassing every element of scenic beauty the New Forest has to offer.
Make sure to look out for the New Forest ponies you’ll find grazing in their natural habitat and visit Bolton’s Bench which is a prominent hillside that will give you a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside.
You can stop off in one of Lyndhurst’s many independent cafes and refresh with a cup of tea and a slice of cake – the perfect start or finish to any walk.
Beaulieu Heath and the Hatchet Pond Walk
If you’re looking to discover tranquillity and encounter beautiful wildlife, then the Beaulieu Heath and Hatchet Pond Walk is a must during your visit to the Forest Park hotel.
You’ll start at Hatchet Pond which is the largest body of water in the New Forest Park and the circular route will then take you through the heathlands that are filled with rare flora and fauna – it sounds simply magical doesn’t it?
You’ll be surrounded by Dartford warblers, stonechats and silver studded blue-butterflies, as you catch a glimpse of the historic Beaulieu Abbey and the Beaulieu river.
Make sure to take a picnic and refreshments so you can take a rest and witness the National Park in all its beauty.
Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary Walk
We’re not exaggerating when we tell you that the New Forest is filled with beautiful wildlife, and the Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary walk is another must for your Forest Park visit. This walk offers solace for nature enthusiasts and animal lovers alike as you stroll the ancient woodland.
Starting from a convenient car park, you’ll follow the signposted trail where you can witness the majestic herds of fallow deer from the elevated platforms, and learn more about the wildlife from the informative signs that are dotted along this route.
There’s a picnic area waiting, so pack your favourite goodies and refreshments, ticking off all you need for the perfect day out in Hampshire.
Rhinefield Ornamental Drive Walk
The serenity of the Forest Park hotel extends when you venture outside to the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive walk. Taking you through grand trees and calming woodland full with towering conifers, you can be at one with nature as you pass the giant Redwoods and Douglas Firs (which were planted back in the 1850’s).
As you stroll this picturesque trail, you’re guaranteed to feel a sense of awe at these captivating surroundings.
Brockenhurst Circular Walk
Lastly, the original Brockenhurst circular walk is a sure choice for your visit, offering an idyllic trail that combines the best of the New Forest’s natural wonders. You’ll start in Brockenhurst village and wander through the ancient woodland, stroll alongside the Lymington River and cover the expansive heathlands.
You’ll find wildlife in abundance, seeing both the deer and birds that call this home. You’ll have the opportunity to visit the more lively village centre and refresh in the quaint cafes and pubs, or purchase a little keepsake in the independent shops that the village has to offer.
The New Forest National Park is a true Hampshire gem and will be sure to keep you busy during your Forest Hotel stay. Whether you seek a peaceful stroll through the woodlands or an immersive wildlife experience, every option is just on our doorstep.
So book your visit now and escape to the enchanting New Forest National Park.