Dog walks and dog days in the New Forest
It's pretty much access all areas in the New Forest. There are very few areas in the New Forest that you can't walk with your dog. Some of the beaches do close to dogs for the summer months but otherwise... it's walkies time!
Thankfully there are many pubs that you can take dogs into, which makes a day walk, or lunch out, much easier for everyone. Our favourite is The Turf Cutters in East End, where you'll often find more dogs than people at Sunday lunch.
Here is a great page for walking information on the New Forest National Park Authority website.
Our favourite walks...(not on the above map)
1. Beside the Beaulieu River from Bucklers Hard to Beaulieu village and back again. (There are various great little cafes and a chocolatiere shop in Beaulieu to refuel).
2. Catching the train from Lymington to Beaulieu Road station, and walking across the heath toward Furzey lane and exploring that area. A fantastic combination of heath, common land and ancient trees.
3. In the springtime, go and see the bluebells in Roydon Woods near Brockenhurst. It is owned by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and has plenty of good vantage points.
4. The coastal path from Milford on Sea, all the way to Tanners Lane beach. Some 6 miles of trails, all dog friendly and almost all of it, bar a mile at the edge of Lymington town , is rural areas where your dog can roam off the lead (it can be muddy tho' and watch nesting birds from March 1st to 30th July).
5. Last but not least, near my home, in East End, the common land around Norley Wood enclosure. First thing in the morning and at the end of the day it's busy with other walkers, but usually, in the middle of the day, there are very few around.
The New Forest dog walking code...
- Keep all dogs under control at all times and keep them within your sight as to avoid disturbing wildlife.
- Respect any rangers, if they ask you to put your dog on a lead then please follow their instructions.
- Remember to clean up after your dog.
- Please take dog mess home or dispose into a proper rubbish bin.
- Respect other walkers, if you are struggling to keep your dog under control or within your sight please use a leash.
- Watch out for pigs loose in the pannage season - usually from July to November but it can be longer.
- From the 1st of March to the 31st of July in common land areas please keep your dog on a leash to avoid disturbing the ground nesting birds.
- We'd be remiss not to mention that there is a disease in the forest area, that can affect dogs, called Alabama Rot. Over 70,000 dogs are walked on the forest and cases are rare, but it can happen. More info here.