Red Hill and Puttles Bridge

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Horses crossing Brockenhurst Ford © John Edwards
Shadows on Puttles Bridge © flickr
New Forest Ponies © Mike Faherty

A circular walk from Brockenhurst comprising of woodland, open heath and the beautiful Ober Water.

Leave the car park via Brookley Road until you arrive at the ford. Cross the ford and turn left into Burley Road. Follow the road for 600 metres before turning left onto a track (style) with stream on the left hand side. Continue past South Weirs and cross through Worthys Farm.

1. After a stile head north west back to Burley Road. Cross the road, after 50 metres take the path to the left and head across White Moor keeping Burley Road on your left hand side.

2. After 1 km turn right and climb gently up to Red Hill. Continue in a Northerly direction, cross Rhinefield Road and follow the path into Aldridgehill Inclosure.

3. Cross Puttles Bridge and then follow the path to the right rather than the left fork which leads to the Puttles Bridge car park. Continue east for 0.5 kms, turn sharp right, cross a footbridge and then turn left keeping Ober Water on your left.

Cross the footbridge and then head north through the woods until you reach Aldridgehill Cottage.

4. Turn right, cross the footbridge and then turn left onto track. At Ober Corner turn right and follow the track and then path along the edge of the caravan park. With the woods on your right head towards Butts Lawn.

5. Cross Butts Lawn, over two footbridges until you reach Meerut Road. Turn right and then left onto Rhinefield Road, follow the road back to Brockenhurst village and the car park.

Brockenhurst

Well known for the diversity of its shops, tea houses, pubs and restaurants. It is here that ponies and donkeys roam freely and drink from 'The Watersplash' at the bottom of the main street on their way to graze on the open heathland and ancient wood which surround the village. It is the only village within the Perambulation of the New Forest whose value in the Domesday survey of 1086 was doubled (to 4 pounds) when that of many others was reduced, and was also the only village mentioned as having a church. St. Nicholas, built upon a mound, may date back to Pagan times.

The main attractions of the village are the Ford, running across the end of Brookley Road, the main shopping area, and the cottages, many of which, built by the Morant family who lived at Brockenhurst Park (now demolished and replaced by a modern house) have the letter M incorporated in the woodwork.

Trail Location

There are several car parks in Brockenhurst. The trail starts from the car park off Brookley Road. Brockenhurst can be reached via the A337 from either Lyndhurst or Lymington. There is a train station in Brockenhurst with trains to Christchurch, Bournemouth, Southampton, Lymington and London. There is a regular bus service between Lyndhurst and Lymington.

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