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Looking for ponies near Brockenhurst

A leisurely walk (woodland) in national park New Forest in Hampshire, England, about 5.78km (3.59 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 1:15. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 15m (49ft)
Loss 14m (45ft)
Max. Elevation 30m (98ft)
Elevation (total) 29m (94ft)
Start & End
Distance 5.78km
Duration ~1:15
Ordnance Survey Map
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 20 Mar 2011
Brockenhurst is a great place from which to explore the New Forest. It's a decent sized town right in the centre, and good bus and train links make it easy to reach. And just a few minutes from town, you will be right in the depths of the woods! This route goes to Poundhill Heath, where you can spot the famous New Forest ponies, and perhaps even some elusive deer.

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Walk Map


OS Grid SU302033
From the station, head north up Lyndhurst Road. Go past the college until you reach the cricket ground. Opposite is a footpath heading alongside the river.
Bolderford Bridge About 1.34 km (~0.83 miles) from
OS Grid SU291041
Follow the Lymington River through the woods until you reach Bolderford Bridge.
Queen Bower Hunting Lodge About 0.42 km (~0.26 miles) from
OS Grid SU287043
Walking in the forest can be a bit confusing - little paths seems to lead off in all directions - but keep to the river to reach Queen Bower Hunting Lodge. The whole of the New Forest was declared a hunting ground by William the Conqueror (1066 and all that). Fortunately we are too civilised a nation for all that silliness these days.
Poundhill Heath About 0.75 km (~0.47 miles) from
OS Grid SU280045
Cross over Poundhill Heath, an open patch of the forest. As mentioned, this area is good for spotting some of the forest's wildlife - red deer and the New Forest ponies.
Ober Heath About 0.61 km (~0.38 miles) from
OS Grid SU279039
Cross over Fletcher's Water and on to Ober Heath - another good wildlife spot.
Ober Corner About 0.72 km (~0.45 miles) from
OS Grid SU283033
Head down past the entrance to camping ground to find thep ath over another small stream. Here you are on the outskirts of Brockenhurst.
Black Knowl About 0.90 km (~0.56 miles) from
OS Grid SU291030
Rather than trudge through the town, follow the path along the southern edge of Black Knowl.
Brookley Road About 1.04 km (~0.65 miles) from
OS Grid SU298022
Wander back into town to finish the walk. A cup of tea at The Buttery, in the Brock and Bruin tearooms, comes highly recommended: www.thebuttery.org/brockenhurst.htm

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25 Mar 2014
Wild Swimming Opportunity!

If it's a nice day, take you're swimming gear with you! Bolderford Bridge is a popular place to have a dip.

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