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3 ‘picturesque’ New Forest trails named among the top 20 walks in the UK

Wilverley Inclosure Walk, Tall Trees Trail and Keyhaven to Hurst Castle were the representatives included on the list by Great Outdoors.

Discussing the creation of the list Great Outdoors wrote: “The UK has many areas of natural beauty, as well as magnificent National Parks, which boast an array of walks that cater to every taste and skill level.

“The picturesque landscape of the Peak District, the rugged terrains of the Scottish Highlands, and the serene paths along the Cornish coast; these are just some of the magnificent areas that the UK has to offer.”

Bournemouth Echo: The New Forest has plenty of picturesque trails to exploreThe New Forest has plenty of picturesque trails to explore (Image: Trev Stadd/Dorset Camera Club)

The full list of the top 20 walks in the UK can be found on their website here.

3 New Forest walks named among the best in UK

Wilverley Inclosure Walk

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Wilverley Inclosure Walk is one you can take in at a leisurely pace, with it being 5.25km in length and taking around an hour and a half to complete.

Discussing the walk Go Outdoors wrote: “Easily accessible, with parking and the beginning of the route just off the A35, the Wilverley Inclosure Walk is a popular path through New Forest National Park.

“The trail takes in plenty of the Ancient and Ornamental Woods, so keep your eyes peeled for the fallow deer that live in this part of the forest, and course the free grazing cattle and ponies too.”

Tall Trees Trail

Bournemouth Echo: Like the name of the trail suggests, there are plenty of towering treesLike the name of the trail suggests, there are plenty of towering trees (Image: Helen Felspar Hanbury/Dorset Camera Club)

Download the map for the route here

As the name of the walk suggests this walk through woodland in the New Forest National Park, and is a fairly easy one to embark on.

It is 3.1km in length and should only take around 50 minutes to complete, so if you want one to get through quickly it is ideal.

Discussing the walk, Go Outdoors wrote: “Nestled within the picturesque New Forest National Park, this trail offers a captivating journey through a diverse tapestry of towering trees, lush ferns, and delicate wildflowers.


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“The trail showcases the magnificence of nature’s giants, with towering Douglas firs, majestic oaks, and lofty beech trees lining the path.”  

Tall Trees Trail is also the favourite walk of TV presenter Julia Bradbury, who is known for her work on Countryfile and Watchdog.

Discussing why she loves the walk she said: “Being surrounded by trees is one of my favourite parts of being outdoors, especially when it’s the Giant Redwood trees! These are the biggest trees in New Forest National Park, and they can be seen on the Tall Trees Trail, one of the main reasons why I absolutely love this walk.”

Keyhaven to Hurst Castle

Bournemouth Echo: Hikers will go through Keyhaven on the way to Hurst CastleHikers will go through Keyhaven on the way to Hurst Castle (Image: Trevor Parsons/Dorset Camera Club)

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Keyhaven to Hurst Castle is described as a “scenic route” that takes you right to the edge of the coast.

At a distance of 7.4km it should take just under two hours to complete.

Discussing the walk, Go Outdoors wrote: “Taking you from the pretty hamlet of Keyhaven, on the coast of Hampshire, along to one of the area’s most iconic landmarks, Hurst Castle.

“This scenic route is a fantastic way to enjoy stunning views over the water front. Leading along a section of the Solvent Way, the walk leads across mainly flat terrain and so is graded easy.

“Once you reach the castle, you can explore the historic building and take-in the view across to the Isle of Wight, before heading home on the Hurst Castle Ferry.”