Havant Thicket welcomes you with a car park on the B2149 (Manor Lodge Road).
There is a large grassy picnic area for you to enjoy, with good views across the fields. It is advisable to bring your own picnic rug.
From this car park you can access the link path that will take you into neighbouring Staunton Country Park. There is a variety of tracks from the car park all around Havant Thicket. Some are gravel and are suitable for less able walkers, some are grassy and whilst good in summer, may become muddy in winter so wear something suitable on your feet.
Cycling, dog walking and horse riding
There is no formal cycle trail but trails around the thicket are suitable for cycling.
Horse riding is permitted with a permit from TROT. Please click here for further information on obtaining a permit.
Dog walkers are welcome, please control your dog and do not allow it into the neighbouring fields where there may be sheep or horses. There is only one dog bin and that is in the car park. Please use it to keep the car park and picnic area clear of dog mess, and do not leave used bags around the forest.
Whether you are a school or family there are lots of ideas and downloads to help you explore and discover the wood. To help you get started with your planning we have created an introductory slide show, lesson plans and a sample risk assessment. If you would prefer a guided visit our learning partners’ details can be found here.
There are several ponds around the forest where you can see dragonflies, there are reptiles around too. It is a good site for bird watching, and you may glimpse the occasional deer.
What do other visitors say?
5 StarsGary Pressman, 31/Jul/2016
Just to let you know I did a glow worm survey on Friday 29 July. I counted 20 females mainly in the Southern area.