The New Forest is so magical and we want everyone to be able to explore every part of it, no matter what their mobility is! Whether you want to discover the beautiful wildlife in our heathland and woodland, or if you fancy enjoying the beautiful scenery of the coastline, we have the perfect accessible routes for you.
There are plenty of designated accessible footpaths (provided by Forestry England), but check out our Top 5 Accessible Routes below...
- The Rufus Stone
The Rufus Stone marks the alleged site of the demise of King William II (Rufus) by arrow. It is just a short distance from the car park on a good gravel path to the iron-clad stone, full of New Forest history! This makes for a great place to have a nice quiet picnic too while you're there. Or you can head up the road 250 yards to the Sir Walter Tyrrell Pub.
- Knightwood Oak
Starting from the Knightwood Oak car park, this route visits Knightwood Oak, which is believed to be the oldest oak tree in the New Forest, and also the largest! Knightwood Oak is a great place to discover some beautiful nature. This route is approximately 0.4 miles long on a fairly smooth graveled path, which has many benches along the way to have a quick rest.
- Lymington Town Trail
Explore one of our wonderful towns in the New Forest. This walk is packed full of history, stunning coastal views, and plenty more that will keep you entertained in this thriving market town. Pass by the beautiful quay, wander down the bustling high street and take a peek at the Sea Water Baths. This walks is 2 miles long and is mostly on hard surfaces and pavement. There are multiple benches dotted around the town for a sit down, and there are also public toilet with disabled facilties along the way too.
- Reptile Centre
This looped route starts and finishes at one of our lovely attractions, The Reptile Centre. Head down the gravel track onto this 1.1 mile trail and enjoy the peacefulness of this quiet location. This simple route can be followed without a map, so you have more time to take in the wonderful wildlife surrounding you. Whilst you're here go and have a look around the Reptile Centre, here you will see loads of animals including snakes and frogs.
An Even Longer Accessible Route
- Hordle Cliffs
Hordle Cliffs is found west of the centre of Milford on Sea. Here you can choose 1 of 2 routes, the first is around 2 miles and the other around 2.6 miles. On the first route, you can choose whether to go left or right out of the Hordle Cliff West Car Park and head along the coastline. On this trail you can choose how far you would like to go (until you can go now further), then turn around and head back to the car park. On the longer route, you will need to go east along the promenade - this route is slightly more difficult than the first, being longer and also there is a part of the path that curves seaward, but it is still do-able! Both of these routes have lovely views over the Solent.
Whichever accessible route you wish to take, you will be sure to have a wonderful time out and about in the New Forest. As well as the 5 routes above, you can find even more accessible routes on our website.