SWC Walk 163: Brockenhurst Circular – The New Forest – a mix of dense and more open woods with ponies and dashes of heather
Length: 10.5 miles
Difficulty: 3 out of 10
Train: Take the 9:35 South West Weymouth Train from London Waterloo to Brockenhurst, arriving at 11:04. Return trains from Brockenhurst are 17:16; 17:45; and then 15 and 45 minutes past the hour until 20:45. Buy a day return to Brockenhurst. You should buy a South West trains “summer promotion” day return ticket for £20. These are available on-line and from ticket machines and ticket offices.
I don’t believe that this walk has been done for awhile and late August should be a nice time for it given that the heather in and around the New Forest should be in full color. For those preferring a longer walk, it should be possible to craft an extension on the many routes available through the New Forest – though it would be useful to bring or print out a map if planning on this sort of “off-piste” exploration. More information and the instructions for the walk can be found here
The suggested lunch stop is at the Oak Inn (tel 023 8028 2350) in Bank, about 5.5 miles into the walk, which serves food midday to 4:00pm; booking ahead is recommended for indoor seating. Tea and/or other post walk refreshments can be had a variety places in charming Brockenhurst – the Thatched Cottage is noted in the instructions as a suggested option.
Enjoy the walk!