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Accessible Walks

Whether you want to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the coastline, the stunning heathland or the magical forest we have made every effort to make sure that everyone can enjoy the forest regardless of their mobility.

Throughout the New Forest there are designated accessible footpaths provided by the Forestry Commission. Details of these way-marked walks can be found below. Please note that there are accessible toilets in each car park except the Knightwood car park.

Please note, The NFAFA charity closed in 2016 & no longer own the website, but their routes are still available to use (below).

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accessible walks


1.4 Miles or 0.7 Mile

Easy-going trails & very pleasant woodland walks on a good gravel or firm grass/gravel surface. Click here to view map > 

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blackwater walkers


2 Miles, 1 Mile or 0.5 Mile

All of these walking trails go via the accessible deer viewing platform where the wild Fallow deer are fed daily.

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Cadman's Pool

0.9 Mile or 500 Metres

Great for picnics during your gentle walk, or just to sit and enjoy the view of the Pool.                                                 

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horse in water

Hatchet Pond

1.9 Miles or 1 Mile

Hatchet Pond is the largest area of fresh water in the New Forest. It is very beautiful and can be enjoyed on these easy trails.                                                    

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hatchet pond

Hordle Cliffs

2 Miles or 2.6 Miles

An excellent walk on a surface of fine gravel embedded in tarmac, with wonderful views of the Solent and Isle of Wight. Click here to view map > 

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isle of wight across the sea

Janesmoor Pond

300 Metres

This is an easy walk around the Pond, enjoying the views of the water. Janesmoor Pond is also a great area to enjoy a picnic.                                         

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1.9 Miles

This is an easy walk along the sea wall with views of Keyhaven harbour, the Isle of Wight and Hurst Spit. The area is a good spot for bird watching.

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Knightwood Oak

0.4 Mile

This tree is believed to be the oldest Oak tree in the New Forest. Enjoy the surroundings on this very easy walk.                                                   

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accessible walking in the forest

Ober Water

1 Mile or 1.5 Miles

The two circular trails go along a beautiful stretch of the Ober Water river under the trees on a good gravel path. Click here to view map > 

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Reptile Centre

1.4 Miles or 1.1 Miles

The reptile pits are easy to view for small children and from a wheelchair. Best visited on a warm summer day when the reptiles are more active.

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Rufus Stone

0.2 Miles

The Rufus Stone is a very short walk from the car park on a good gravel path and the legend on the stone is worth the effort.                                 

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rufus stone

Sturt Pond

1.9 Miles

Sturt Pond is a tidal inlet and a wonderful place to spot coastal birds. It is partially sheltered from the on-shore winds by Hurst Spit.

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milford beach

NPA Walking Routes

Visit the National Park Authority website for additional walking routes.

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Access for All

Visit the National Park Authority website for more accessible routes.

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