Our Dorset & New Forest walking tours
Home to almost 200,000 acres of stunning forest and heathland, the New Forest is one of Britain's most unspoilt natural habitats, containing some 143 miles of track. Covering South West Hampshire, South-East Wiltshire and East Dorset, it provides an important lowland habitat for species of plants, insects and birds, all of which provide abundant interest for our walking tours. Created as a royal forest by William I in about 1079, it was made a National Park in 2002.
The National Park has many special qualities, including the freedom to ramble across unenclosed land. From April to July there may be signs asking people to avoid certain areas to limit disturbance to rare breeding birds, such as snipe, curlew and redshank. These birds nest on the ground in wet areas.