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Explore Havant Thicket
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.3/5)

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.

 Learning Opportunities

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?

4 Stars 4 Stars

First time here to walk our Daughters dog, we took the blue long walk route but it would be nice if at certain points there's a map showing just where you are in case you need to get back to the car park quicker, if they're there already I apologise but i didn't see any. A lovely walk though.

MummyRichards, 14/May/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

Miles of woodland and moorland, great views on eastside of woods ..

Anonymous, 25/Mar/2017
3 Stars 3 Stars

Perfect for an Xmas forage lots of fir and holly. Paths were well maintained but a fair bit of dog mess

Thomas Little, 3/Dec/2016
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Last updated: 21st October 2017

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What's Here?

  • Dogs
  • Parking
  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • There is no formal cycle trail, but cyclists can use the trails around the thicket.
  • Horse riding
  • Horse riding is permitted with a permit from TROT. For details please click on the link below.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SU723102
Postcode: The nearest postcode to the car park is PO9 6HE

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