New Forest walks
Birdsong, bluebells, blossoms and bees… ponies, cattle, donkeys, under canopies of trees. This is what to expect on New Forest walks.
A walk in the New Forest is a delight at anytime of the year! You are surrounded by an orchestra of nature, from the birdsong that accompanies your every moment, to the trees as they move in the breeze. New Forest walks are a riot of colour from bluebells, primroses and tree blossoms. Watch the bees as they search for pollen on yellow gorse flowers and heather and admire the many shades of green as the trees leaves make canopies of shade for warmer days.
The birds are busy making their nests and laying their eggs. Hear the loud dawn chorus and the calmer calls at dusk. Look out for the distinctive Dartford Wharbler, in areas of open heathland with a scattering of gorse bushes. This is the only habitat where you are likely to find them, except in winter when you may see them in gorse scrub along the coast. At dusk listen out for the strange call and song of the very elusive Nightjar as you take your New Forest walks.
Foal season begins
This is an exciting time in the season when the new foals begin to arrive and the babies adapt to life on wobbly legs and with very attentive mothers. As well as horses and donkeys we also see baby calves adding to the herds.
The unique grazing that the animals enjoy on the New Forest is not without its perils. It is important to give all the livestock lots of space and in particular note the mother’s and herds are very protective of their young, as they are learning their new environment.
Find your perfect walk
With 140,000 acres to explore, there are countless routes to discover within the New Forest National park and numerous ways to stay active and healthy from gentle bike rides to longer hikes. There is something for everyone and lots of space to enjoy the timeless charm of Spring walks in the New Forest.