Walk and Cycle Routes: Explore The New Forest National Park

Explore New Forest

Explore The New Forest National Park

The Rufus House is situated in the heart of the New Forest National Park,  ideal TOURING BASE to explore the New Forest and surrounding areas of natural beauty all year around.

Walking, cycling, bird watching, horse riding, sailing, golf, archery, kayaking & canoeing. Equestrian centres, spa and swimming pools are all short distance from The Rufus House.

Beautiful Autumn shades and light in the New Forest

Late October and November are wonderful months to visit the New Forest National Park, when walking through autumn landscape, one thing you will soon notice is the peace and tranquility.

Let us introduce some of the routes in Lyndhurst surrounding area.

The stunning trees of Blackwater Arboretum and the majestic Tall Trees Trail which boasts some of the tallest trees in the UK.  Trees starting to change at its most colourful middle October to early November.

Walking Routes in The New Forest National Park

Blackwater

Blackwater: Tall Trees Arboretum Link
1.1 miles (1.8 km) This is an easy walk through woodland, passing through the Arboretum which houses a beautiful collection of trees from many countries. The wa...

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Blackwater: Heartwood Trail
0.7 miles (1.1 km) An easy waymarked walk through the Arboretum to experience the woodland and take in the variety of tree species. There are regular seats with...

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Bolderwood

Bolderwood: Deer Watch Trail
0.3 miles (0.5 km) This short stroll from Bolderwood car park leads you to a deer viewing platform overlooking fields where wild herds of fallow deer are regula...

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Bolderwood: Jubilee Grove Trail
1 mile (1.6 km) Starting from Bolderwood car park this meandering route leads you past the deer fields and some majestic trees, the oldest of which date back to...

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Blackwater: Tall Trees Trail
1.4 miles (2.3 km) Stimulate your senses on this short trail around the Forestry Commission's Blackwater Arboretum, with its small but nationally important coll...

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Bolderwood: Radnor Trail
1.9 mile (3.1 km) Once past the Radnor Stone, this trail passes through sweet chestnut, oak and beech dating from the 1860s. It then skirts the fenced boundary ...

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Reptile Centre Discovery Trail   1.4 Miles (2.25km)

Reptile Centre Discovery Trail
Reptile Centre Discovery Trail

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Ashurst stroll

Ashurst stroll
2.8 miles (4.5 km) From Ashurst railway station this short and easy walk explores a variety of landscapes that characterise the New Forest. The route first take...

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Brook to Minstead Village

Brook to Minstead Village
7.2 miles (11.6 km) Visit the Rufus Stone to discover the mystery surrounding the death of King William II. The route then follows quiet country lanes to the un...

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Keyhaven

Keyhaven
1.9 Miles Keyhaven is approached from Milford-on-Sea. It is a small village with a very pretty harbour. There are easy walks along the sea wall with views of K...

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Keyhaven Marshes

Keyhaven Marshes
3.5 miles (5.6 km) Along the route there are views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight and the Needles and opportunities to watch the ever-changing bird life...

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Lyndhurst Circular Walk   8.4 Miles (13.6km)

The Lyndhurst Parish Circular Walk roughly follows the parish boundary, using the forest as our natural tour guide. It can be done in one go (13.5km, 3 – 4  hours) or you can choose from many shorter loops,
returning along pavements at the points indicated with blue arrows on the map. Source: Lyndhurst Parish Council Leaflet

You can download Lyndhurst Parish Council’s Map.

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Cycling in The New Forest

There are safe off-road and gentle cycle routes suitable for families.

 

Bring your own bike and store it our lockable bike shed located at the rear of the property, or hire a bike from The Woods Cyclery or AA Bike Hire, just a few minutes walk from The Rufus House.

  • The Woods Cyclery, 56 High Street, Lyndhurst, SO43 7BG
  • AA Bike Hire, Fernglen, Gosport Lane, Lyndhurst, SO43 7B

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Lyndhurst to Ashurst loop

Ashurst to Lyndhurst loop
14 miles (22.5 km) This route is mainly on roads and gives you some of the best open views that the Forest has to offer while travelling two thriving New Fores...

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Lyndhurst to Burley

Lyndhurst to Burley
25 miles (route can be shortened or lengthened) using off road tracks and country roads.

Burley Hill Fort Loop

Burley Hill Fort Loop
9.3 miles (15 km) Burley is a fascinating village and this ride helps you explore it in detail, from the folklore of witches to the legend of smuggling.

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Woodland Explorer Food Trail

Woodland Explorer Food Trail
25 Miles A fantastic cycle route going from the heart of the New Forest, Lyndhurst, through the gorgeous Minstead Village, onto popular Bolderwood, to Burley an...

Rhinefield Ornamental Woodland

From Rufus House to Bolderwood 5 miles

Rhinefield Ornamental Woodland
10.8 miles (17.4 km) On this ride you begin in Brockenhurst and travel through an area of the National Park rich in plants, animals and history on quiet gravel...

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Rhinefield to Brockenhurst

Brockenhurst to Rhinefield
11 Miles This route is an easy/medium route which will take you along the Rhinefield Drive and into the Woodland on Forestry England managed gravel tracks. On t...

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Lyndhurst to Hatchet Pond and Beaulieu

Lyndhurst to Hatchet Pond
8 Miles The route starts in Lyndhurst, the 'Capital' of the New Forest. Where you'll find fantastic pubs, tearooms, local shops and even the church where, in th...

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Beaulieu to Bucklers Hard

Beaulieu to Bucklers Hard
2 Miles One of the most popular routes for families is from fantastic National Motor Museum, Beaulieu to the historic Buckler’s Hard.

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Lyndhurst to Brockenhurst Circular

Brockenhurst to Lyndhurst
10.9 miles (17.5 km) Starting from the Brockenhurst, this ride takes you through ancient woodland and open landscape along quiet gravel tracks.

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Horse Riding in The New Forest

Horses and ponies are the cultural heritage of the New Forest. Horse back is the best way to enjoy the beauty of the New Forest.  However, please bear in mind that a horse’s natural reaction to something that it doesn’t understand is to spook or shy.  Usually startled jump sideways, or a quick change of direction with the intention to flee.  So please ride carefully.

Horse Riding in the New Forest | Best Stables and Routes - The New Forest
Find the best horse riding schools and stables, learn how to ride ponies or horses and roam the New Forest's beautiful and varying landscapes.

You can find contact details from new forest national park official website to arrange a riding lesson or Forest ride.

Horse riding - New Forest National Park Authority
Horses and ponies are central to the cultural heritage of the New Forest. There is no better way to enjoy this special place and really to be part of it. Please...

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS in The New Forest

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

The New Forest is the perfect place for enjoying outdoor activities with its diverse landscapes, you can enjoy many type of exercise, such as bird watching, sailing, golf, fishing and other water sports.

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HISTORY, heritage and cultural attractions in The New Forest

The New Forest is full of history, from where it was first proclaimed a royal forest, in about 1079, by William the Conqueror  ‘Nova Foresta’…

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The rich cultural heritage and history is one of the many reasons why visitors are so attracted to visiting The New Forest. The New Forest is full of history, t...

GARDENS & STATE HOUSES and nature

You would like to avoid rainy days?  Do not worry, there are perfect places to explore, such as Buckler’s Hard and Beaulieu Motor museum and Palace House.

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Parks & Gardens
With nature very much at the heart of The New Forest, it’s no wonder there are some stunning parks and gardens waiting to be explored. Gardens for all sea...

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