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As one of the UK’s fifteen National Parks, the New Forest has much to offer in terms of natural beauty, and with more than 500 square kilometres to explore, it has plenty of fantastic walks to embark on too.

With so many wonderful walks to choose from, it’s difficult to know where to begin. New Forest Living offer a stunning collection of cottages in the New Forest. Here are their top choices, ranging from short strolls to longer and more extensive circular walks.

Tall Trees Trail

Tall Trees Trail (1.5 miles)
Beginning at the Blackwater car park by the famous Rhinefield Ornamental Drive, this is one of the many wonderful walks to be had on or around the drive. This gentle and flat walk is suitable for all abilities and offers a stroll beneath the canopies of towering trees. Nearby, the Blackwater Arboretum Sensory Trail is home to a variety of trees from around the world.
Find the full route details here.

Wilverley Inclosure (3.5 miles)
Found just off the A35, this slightly longer walk takes you through a variety of ancient and ornamental woodlands as well as wide open areas, with plenty of the New Forest’s famous wildlife to see, including grazing cattle, ponies and even fallow deer. Be sure to schedule in a stop at the Old Station Tea House!
Find the full route details here.

Beaulieu River

Beaulieu to Bucklers Hard (2.2 miles)
This stretch of the Solent Way, which follows a section of the South Coast, offers two options: a riverside walk and a woodland walk, meaning that you can take one route there and another on the return journey. Enjoy the tranquil views of the Beaulieu River before reaching the scenic maritime village of Bucklers Hard and returning with a gentle woodland stroll.
Find out more about the Solent Way here.

Keyhaven Marshes (4 miles)
There’s more to the New Forest than trees – the National Park is also home to its own extensive coastline and marshes. The first part of this circular route follows the Solent Way, with great views over salt marshes, with part of it taking you onto a sea wall. Along the way you’ll also be able to see Hurst Castle, the Isle of Wight and The Needles. A jetty acts as the turning point, and on the way back you will follow an ancient highway past a former landfill site, which is now home to a large lake.
Find the full route details here.

Lyndhurst Heath

Lyndhurst Heath Circular (3.5 miles)
Departing from the lively town of Lyndhurst, this route follows a heathland trail, with the surrounding ground carpeted in heather in the late summer. After passing a farm and campsite, you’ll reach a series of forest glades, a great place for a picnic. A few ancient trackways and peaceful lanes lead you back to Lyndhurst.
Find the full route details here.

Discover a selection of New Forest Living cottages below.
 

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Tree Tops
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Tree Tops

Surrounded by woods on the banks of the Beaulieu River, Tree Tops makes the most of its secluded location with its great woodland views inside and out.

The Chapel Lymington
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The Chapel Lymington

The Chapel is a gorgeous converted church house packed with plenty of original quirky features, found in a great position in the heart of the harbour town of Lymington.

Blacksmiths Cottage
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Blacksmiths Cottage

Blacksmiths Cottage is a pretty and cosy traditional cottage found in the heart of the New Forest; it’s situated along a country lane and amongst woodlands, just a ten-minute stroll from the charming village of Brockenhurst.

Lennox Mansions
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Lennox Mansions

Spacious apartment found within a grand building packed with character, with an enviable location overlooking Southsea’s seafront. This apartment is found just a stone’s throw from the beach and promenade, with the many attractions of Portsmouth and Southsea just a short distance away.

Glade Cottage
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Glade Cottage

Located down a forest track just a short stroll from the interesting village of Burley, Glade Cottage is a picture-perfect cottage with walking and cycling trails on the doorstep, with the town of Ringwood also close by.

The Shipwrights
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The Shipwrights

The Shipwrights is a stunning character Georgian terrace house, which sits close to the banks of the River Beaulieu in the historic maritime village of Bucklers Hard

Kingfishers New Forest
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Kingfishers New Forest

Kingfishers is a charming log cabin set within five acres of working farmland, where guests have the chance to meet and feed the freely roaming animals, which include alpacas. It also enjoys its own private outdoor space in the form of a garden with a BBQ.

The Hog House
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The Hog House

The Hog House is a pretty courtyard cottage, a former farm building which retains many of its original features including wooden beams. Located in the village of West Wellow.

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