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Explore The New Forest
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.7/5)

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.

New Forest Fungi - look, don't pick

Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria)Fungi are essential to the New Forest’s ecosystem and ‘web of life’ – which is why we ask people to leave fungi in the ground for all to enjoy and to help protect and care for this special place.

The aim is to prevent potential harm to the New Forest Crown lands and tackle commercial collection of fungi, which has always been prohibited.

There are a wide range of approved educational forays on offer, where people can find out more about the incredible fungi that thrive here. We work with local organisations and experts who can identify the characteristics of the huge varieties of fungi found in the New Forest and get more people interested and involved in the conservation of our rarest fungi.

New Forest Essential Guide

Download the latest copy of the New Forest Essential Guide (7690kb)

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.

Dog Heath

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.

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 and Work Experience 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 Learning and Education and  Useful Information pages, which has links to education providers and other organisations in the New Forest. 

  • We are not currently able to offer any work experience opportunites.

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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Had a lovely day just a pity about the dog poop all over we saw lots of dog walking companys not one picked up dog poop

Graham Tether , 21/Aug/2018
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National holidays took us from our hotel for a day at the new forest. We all thoroughly enjoyed the beauty of it all. Granddaughter loved your activity corner and made herself a badge while she was there to remember her day . What I really loved as well was your signs in the car park ..."SWITCH ENGINES OFF IF YOUR STATIONERY" they should have these outside every school for obvious reasons!

Liz (not the queen), 15/Jun/2017

Please consider building a couple of islands or purchasing floating islands for the far end of Hatchet Pond, where the wildfowl can nest without fear of disturbance by dogs, foxes or badgers. Thank you.

Sue Adams, 11/Jun/2017
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Last updated: 7th September 2018

Help us take care of your forest

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 map 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.
More about what's here

Location

OS Grid ref: SU297082

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Contact

General Enquiries

0300 067 4601
enquiries.southern@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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 map can be downloaded by clicking on the link under 'Related Documents'

Related documents

Useful sites

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification certifiedForest Stewardship Council certified

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.