As we step into the new year, the allure of fresh starts and new adventures pop into many people’s minds. And what better way to kickstart the year than immersing yourself in the natural wonders of the New Forest? It’s time to enjoy the great outdoors, get active and revitalize both body and mind. Exercise isn’t just about physical fitness; it’s incredible for the mind too, especially when it’s actioned amongst our stunning nature and wildlife. With vast landscapes, beautiful woodlands and a stunning coastline, the New Forest presents an array of exciting activities to get involved in this January!

It’s time for some twogetherness this winter…Discover the trails

For walking
January is an ideal time to explore the New Forest on foot. With the thinning foliage, it’s the prime time to spot elusive deer and lively birdlife. While a few hours away strolling our network of trails through ancient woodlands and across vast heathlands. Whether you choose the magnificent Tall Trees Trail or opt for a more challenging trek like the Brook to Minstead Village Walk, there’s routes to suit every type of walker.

For cycling
Cycling enthusiasts will find themselves in paradise with the New Forest’s extensive cycle tracks. From leisurely family friendly routes to more exhilarating gravel bike trails, pedal your way through
winding forests and soak in stunning views along the way.

winter cyclingFor running
Whether a keen runner looking to beat their PB this year, or wanting to try a new form of exercise, the New Forest offers an unparalleled setting for trail runs. Our miles of interconnected gravel tracks and ideal terrain make the ideal location for getting into your running gear and enjoying the invigorating experience of running, regardless of length!

Unleash the adventurer within

For watersports
Don’t let the chillier weather deter you from our waters! With 40 miles of coastline and picturesque rivers, the New Forest is a haven of watersports. Wrap up warm and canoe down Beaulieu River, or pop on a thick wetsuit (along with wetsuit boots, gloves and even hood!) and try paddleboarding on the sea – you can stay on your knees if you don’t fancy standing up. Just make sure you have warm, dry clothes at the ready post-adventure.

Family canoeing on the Beaulieu River in the winter with New Forest Activities - ActivitiesImage - New Forest Activities

For horse riding
Saddle up and explore scenic trails atop beautiful horses. The New Forest is renowned for its equestrian offerings, whether you’re learning a new skill or embarking on a ride through the forest
on your trusted steed.

Dive into some country sports

For golf
Golfers love the New Forest, with an amazing choice of brilliant golf courses, many of which remain open during this time of year. Enjoy a round at one of our renowned courses, or perfect your swing at a local driving range.
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For fishing
With abundant waterways, the New Forest is an excellent spot for fishing. Whether at a local fishing lake or trying out sea fishing (where permitted), this winter-friendly sport promises a relaxing and enjoyable time.

Try something new
If you’re seeking to master a new skill this year or try something that you’ve never dipped your toe into before, the New Forest is the place to be. From bouldering, snowboarding or skiing, to yoga, pilates and an array of other activities, the options are endless. There’s something for every taste and interest, ensuring everyone finds their preferred way to have fun and stay active this January!