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Covering 145 square miles the New Forest is a place of ancient history, fascinating wildlife and stunning beauty. Originally a royal hunting preserve, the thriving working forest that you see today has survived for nearly 1000 years.

Whether you live locally and want to know more about the area you live in, or you are coming to visit us from further afield, this website will tell you all you need to know about the cultural history, fascinating wildlife and stunning beauty of the New Forest.

Dog on lead close-upDog Health

Top tips for a healthy and enjoyable visit with your dog, plus the latest information regarding dog health issues such as Alabama Rot and Seasonal Canine Illness - click here (transfers you to the national Forestry Commission web site).These notices are currently positioned around the New Forest.

New Forest Essential Guide

Download the 2015 copy of the New Forest Essential Guide

Events & Guided Walks

We run a number of ranger led activities and events throughout the year. Ranging from guided walks, to fungal forays and wild wednesdays at the New Forest Reptile Centre. For details of events in the New Forest please click here. 

Local News

The Forest Diary, published weekly in the New Forest Post, aims to encourage readers to get out and enjoy the forest, demonstrate sustainable forest management and introduce local Forestry Commission staff.

Barbecues

There a two barbecue sites available to hire at Anderwood and Wilverley. If you are planning on bringing your own barbecue to the New Forest or wish to hire one of our sites please view our barbecue pages.

Camping

For information on  where you can camp in the New Forest please visit our Useful Information page or click here.

Coarse Fishing

Coarse fishing is only permitted at Hatchet Pond and Little Hatchet. Click here for information on where to obtain your fishing permits.

Cycling

 Exploring the forest by bike is the ideal way to discover the magnificent beauty and fascinating wildlife that can easily be missed by car.
For  information on cycling in the New Forest and the routes which start in Lyndhurst please visit our cycling in the New Forest pages where a copy of the Cycle Network map can be downloaded.

Educational Enquiries

If you are planning an educational visit to the New Forest and would like advice from a member of the Ranger team please contact us on 0300 067 4601 or e-mail us at enquiries.southern@forestry.gsi.gov.uk .  Alternatively you will find lots of information about the New Forest throughout this site.

You may also wish to visit our Useful Information page, which has links to education providers and other organisations in the New Forest. 

Horse Riding

The New Forest, Ringwood and Wareham Forests are wonderful places to go Horseriding. Please click here for further information on Forestry Commission riding permits. For details of  local riding stables please click here.

Waymarked Walks

 If you are looking for a set route to walk we have provided a number of way-marked walks from our favourite spots. For information on these walks please visit our Waymarked Walks page. 

What do other visitors say?

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The paths we use daily are degrading fast with no signs of being maintained. In particular the ford near post number 359 is virtually impassable now because the concrete is broken and has shifted. In addition the path approaching on both sides is fast disappearing under a morass of mud, detritus and leaf mould. This greatly detracts from our enjoyment of the area. Are there any plans to restore this path (and others)?

Ingrid Rock, 27/Feb/2015

Thank you for highlighting this growing problem. Please be aware we do inspect the cycle routes regularly for safety and if it is deemed unfit we will close sections while we repair them. The ford you mention is on the list for our civil engineers to fix. We awaiting their decision a to whether they should repair it or replace it with something else. Wet weather over the winter has prevented rapid action and we do share the engineers with the rest of the Southern District. Your comment has prompted a reaction, so we hope to see some progress very soon as it gets drier.

Forestry Commission Response
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am taking pics of local fungi, whereas there are lots of notices, DO NOT PICK FUNGI, there is no notice showing you what is poisonous and what is not, so wherever we go Im taking photos, and then perhaps someone can identify wot they r, from a book, or guide.or post pics alongside DO NOT notices.

jacqui walden, 16/Oct/2014

The notices telling people not to pick fungi are there to point out areas set aside as experiments to compare other areas, to judge the longterm effects of fungi picking on their numbers. Although no formal investigation is currently being carried out, it is useful to protect just two of the best areas in the New Forest from picking to help biodiversity. These are the Dame Slough/Burley New inclosures and Whitley Wood. There is no attempt to warn pickers of poisonous or edible varieties, it is left for people to investigate that for themselves. We would not encourage more notices being left beside the official ones as it would become unsightly and we couldn't control the quality of information being left.

Forestry Commission Response

Fantastic wild play day today! Thank you we loved

every aspect of it!

Anonymous, 19/Aug/2014
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Last updated: 05/29/2015

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What's Here?

  • Forest drive
  • Travel along the Bolderwood Ornamental Drive and visit the deer viewing platform at Bolderwood to see if you can spot the Fallow deer. Or cross the A35 and travel down the Rhinefield Ornamental drive. Stop off at Blackwater car park to visit the Blackwater Arboretum or walk along the Tall Trees Trail.
  • Information
  • The Bolderwood information centre is open from Easter until October (during weekends and school holidays), staffed by knowledgable Forestry Commission Rangers and Volunteers.
  • Parking
  • The Forestry Commission provides 134 car parks across the New Forest. We kindly request that vehicles are parked in one of these. A copy of the New Forest Car Park can be downloaded by clicking on the link under 'Related Documents'
  • Toliets
  • There are public toilets in the following Forestry Commission car parks; Anderwood, Blackwater, Bolderwood, Hatchet Pond, New Forest Reptile Centre, Wilverley Plain and Whitefield Moor.
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Contact

General Enquiries

0300 067 4601
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Opening & Parking

Parking
The Forestry Commission provides 134 car parks across the New Forest. We kindly request that vehicles are parked in one of these. A copy of the New Forest Car Park can be downloaded by clicking on the link under 'Related Documents'

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