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 the Forestry Commission), but check out our Top 5 Accessible Routes below...

Shorter Routes

  1. The Rufus Stone accessible route at rufus stone in the new forest

    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.
     
  2. Knightwood Oakaccessible route at knightwood oak in the new forest

    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.



    Longer Routes
     
  3. Hatchet Pond accessible route at hatchet pond in the new forest

    Hatchet Pond is a great place to visit in the New Forest to relax. It is the largest area of fresh water in the New Forest and is home to some wonderful wildlife, including New Forest Ponies and Donkeys. There are 2 routes to choose from at the pond, one is 1.9 miles long along the northern and then the western edge of the pond on a gravel track, the other is a shorter 1 mile route to the east and south of Hatchet Pond. There are multiple benches at the pond for a sit down, and there is also a disabled toilet here too.  ​
     
  4. Reptile Centre accessible route at the reptile centre in the new forest

    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
     
  5. Hordle Cliffs 

    Hordle Cliffs is found west of the centre of Milford on Sea. Here you can choose accessible route at hordle cliffs in milford on sea in the new forest1 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. 

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