Brockenhurst Forests and Heath

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Shadows on Puttles Bridge © flickr
Ober Lodge, Brockenhurst © Peter Facey
Bolderford Bridge near Brockenhurst © New Forest Cottages

Explore the forests and heaths around Brockenhurst. This is the New Forest at its best.

Leave the car park via Brookley Road until you arrive at the ford. Cross the ford and turn right into Rheinfield Road. Follow the road around before turning right into Meerut Road.

1. Turn left off Meerut Road and head in a Northly direction across the heath, crossing the footbridge, heading for the woods. Turn left following the edge of the woods, head for the corner of the tree line before cutting through the woods at Bolderford Bridge.

2. Cross the bridge and continue through the wood keeping the Highland Water stream on your left hand side. Cross several more footbridges.

3. After 400 metres take the path on your left, at this point the Highland Water stream will be on your right-hand side. Leave the wood and cross Poundhill Heath. Follow the track heading for the right hand side of the Fletchers Thorns wood spur. Follow the track around and eventually through Fletchers Thorns wood. Leave the wood, cross a footbridge before heading due south until you reach Aldridge Hill Cottage.

4. Do not follow the tracks on your left towards the campsite but continue south through the wood. After crossing the footbridge leave the wood and head across Whitefield Moor. Turn left at the corner of Beachern Wood and follow the track through the car park until you reach Rhinefield Road.

5. Cross the road and follow the track south past Ober Lodge before swinging left at North Weirs. Continue until you reach the Burley Road.

6. Turn left and follow the road back to the village centre 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) 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.

Calories

Assuming a constant pace and no stops, typically it will take 1 hour 44 minutes to walk the distance and along the way 463 calories will be burnt.

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