Wild New Forest

Type:Guided Activity

New Forest, Hampshire
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Wild New Forest offer guided wildlife walks in the New Forest National Park, led by friendly and expert local guides. In the heart of southern England, the New Forest is home to a hidden world of majestic ancient trees, prehistoric plants and an abundance of spectacular fungi, where eagles soar and pine martens and otters emerge at night, and where five species of wild deer mingle with free-roaming ponies, cattle, donkeys and pigs.

Our walking tours explore this hidden world and investigate the special qualities of the New Forest, including the fascinating local history and wide array of specialist wildlife that call the Forest it's home. Suitable for beginners and experts alike, our tours are carefully designed to showcase the best natural spectacles that the New Forest has to offer, while also being informative and fun! 

The 'Welcome to the New Forest' tours offer an introduction to the New Forest, it's wildlife, history and people. While our regular New Forest Discovery tours operate out of the main New Forest hubs of Lyndhurst and Lymington; these hubs all have suitable infrastructure and facilities including public toilets and cycle hire outlets. All tours utilise good-quality forest tracks and are between 1.5 to 3 hours in duration. Our New Forest Explorer tours access a wider range of New Forest locations, focussing on seasonal highlights, and are typically three hours in duration. We also offer private and bespoke walking tours on demand.

Group sizes for our scheduled tours are currently limited to 12 guests to ensure social distancing is maintained and for optimal wildlife viewing. We have also completed a detailed COVID-19 risk assessment to ensure the safety of our clients and other forest users. We are committed to encouraging young wildlife enthusiasts and will therefore be accepting children aged ten and under at no charge on most of our walks. Dogs are also welcome on our walking tours.

Wild New Forest is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC) based in the New Forest National Park, with a mission to undertake specialist wildlife research to support wildlife conservation and management, and to inform, involve and inspire people about the wealth of wildlife in the New Forest. Wild New Forest provide frequent updates on local wildlife and conservation news via a blog and social media, and regularly give talks and media interviews. They work with and provide data to a range of partners, including Forestry England and the New Forest National Park Authority, and their sponsors include the New Forest Association, Hampshire Ornithological Society and the Cameron Bespolka Trust.

Guide Prices

Charges for scheduled and private tours of 2-3 hours duration are in the range of £12.50-20 pp (adults), with children aged ten and under going free on most tours.


Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • Children welcome

COVID-19 Response

  • 2m distancing in place
  • Advance booking essential
  • Capacity limit
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 refund and cancellation policy in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
  • Online booking only
  • Open now
  • Pets welcome during COVID-19 restrictions


  • Guided tours for groups

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Eco-Friendly


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  • Other AwardsGo New Forest Member Go New Forest Member 2018

Opening Times

* We are currently offering a variety of scheduled tours, but also offer private bespoke tours on demand.


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