Wild New Forest offer wildlife walks and cycle tours 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 and cycling tours aim explore this hidden world and ‘inform, involve and inspire’ visitors and residents alike about the special qualities of the New Forest, including fascinating local history, topical conservation issues, and responsible recreation. 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!
Our regular New Forest Discovery tours operate out of the main New Forest hubs of Brockenhurst, Burley, Lyndhurst and Lymington; these hubs all have suitable infrastructure and facilities including public toilets and cycle hire outlets, and both Brockenhurst and Lymington are connected to the rail network. All tours utilise good-quality forest tracks and are usually three hours in duration. Our New Forest Explorer tours access a wider range of New Forest locations, focussing on seasonal highlights, and are typically two hours in duration. We can also arrange private and bespoke walking and cycling tours on demand, and are aiming to offer fully accessible tours in the coming weeks.
Group sizes for our scheduled tours are currently limited to one leader and five clients in line with current UK Government guidelines. We have 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. 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.
Charges for scheduled and private tours of 2-3 hours duration are in the range of £10-25 pp (adults), with children aged ten and under going free.