The New Forest National Park often becomes even more magical in the winter months. The acres of ancient woodland, heath, pastureland and coast all take on a new character when the frost and snow arrives and the rolling countryside becomes accented with shades of white and blue, combined with copper coloured leaves. The vistas are definitely photo-worthy and should not be missed.
The New Forest is popular with walkers throughout the year and winter is no different, although numbers will drop so you’ll get a little more peace and quiet. It is an incredible experience to be able to follow trails surrounded by the signs of winter, including frost or snow covered trees and winter wildlife. Several guided walks continue into December so you can even take a trip and learn more about the area as you go if you wish.
If you are planning a walking trip in the winter, it is important to make sure you check the parking situation in advance. Fewer visitor numbers generally means more space, but a number of car parks will close until spring to prevent wear and tear in the colder months. You should browse early to see which will still be open for you to use.
Another important tip is to ensure you pack the right clothing for your trip. Naturally you’ll need to wrap up to stay warm with the low temperatures. The weather can change very quickly so even if you set out and find its sunny you need to be prepared. The potential for frost, ice and snow also means you should ensure you have the right footwear so you can walk the trails safely.
To top off your winter walking trip you should choose a comfortable local bed and breakfast to stay at. They will give you a place to unwind and warm up after your walk. There are a number of fantastic options to choose from, including many in their own picturesque locations. Our bed and breakfast in Lymington is open for groups of four or more in the winter, so get in touch if you would like to enquire about a booking.