Get involved with the 2015 New Forest Walking Festival

The New Forest National Park is a walkers’ paradise with countless trails to enjoy, ranging from short strolls to historic hikes. Autumn is the perfect time of year to visit, as the foliage in the forests changes colour and adds to the beautiful backdrop. If you visit between October 17th and November 1st you can even take part in the 2015 New Forest Walking Festival and explore the area with help from an experienced tour guide.

The Festival is organised by the New Forest National Park Authority and its partners. It features 80 incredible walks led by expert guides, including some of the most celebrated trails in the area. On each walk you’ll get to learn all kinds of great things including information about plants, wildlife and the history of the area, making the experience even more rewarding.

There are walks to suit all ages and abilities including family adventures and activity trails. You can choose to take a long trip if you want to spend the whole day walking or can take a slower, more sedate stroll if you prefer. There are even trails specially chosen for people with special accessibility needs.

The history hikes are sure to be popular. Visitors can find out about commoning rights, the archaeology of the area, the prisoner of war camp on Setley Plain and Lymington coast’s smuggling past, to name just a few of the topics covered. The guide on each walk will provide all kinds of interesting information and ensure visitors leave with fantastic knowledge. Many of the walks are free of charge and others you can enjoy great discounts if you travel by public transport, bike or on foot rather than by car.

After a walk it is always great to have comfortable accommodation to go back to so you can relax and unwind. At our bed and breakfast in the New Forest, you can find just that and will receive a warm welcome into the bargain. We have fantastic facilities and strive to ensure every guest is well catered for. We are based in Milford-on-Sea, Lymington in between the New Forest and the south coast.