Lyndhurst Circular

Introduction to Walk 1612

Photo from the walk - Lyndhurst Circular

Nat Park - New Forest

County/Area - Hampshire

Author - Donald Morton

Length - 7.5 miles / 12.2 km

Ascent - 100 feet / 30 metres

Grade - easy/mod

The New Forest is a wonderful mix of open heathland, bogs, ancient woodland interspersed with open tracts (lawns), and more recent plantings (Inclosures). This walk takes in examples of all these types of terrain and provides an opportunity to experience all sorts of wildlife: ponies and deer, in the spring primroses and violets, in the autumn fungi, hawks and kestrels over the heathlands and in the woods the birdsong is magnificent; and lots more for those knowledgeable enough and keen-eyed enough to find them. Two suggestions. Summer weekends might be best avoided because of heavy traffic on the A35 which has to be crossed once. And as one who normally is quite happy with an OS Landranger map in most areas in England and Wales, I would say the larger scale Explorer is essential for walking in the Forest (only at this scale do you get all the tracks shown) and a compass useful where a well defined track is non-existent or there are too many to choose from. 

Walk Description  Map showing start

Maps   Ordnance Survey Logo   Anquet Maps Logo

Ordnance Survey Explorer OL22Sheet Map1:25kBUY MAP
Anquet OS Explorer OL22Digital Map1:25kBUY MAP
A-Z Adventure New ForestAtlas1:25kBUY ATLAS

It is recommended you take a map. The preferred scale is 1:25k.

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Length - 4.0 miles / 6.5 km
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Length - 6.0 miles / 9.8 km
Walk 2414
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Compton Down and Five Barrows from Compton Chine
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 5.0 miles / 8.1 km
Walk 3142
16.9 miles / 27.0 km away
Bowcombe Down from Carisbrooke, IOW
Grade - easy
Length - 4.8 miles / 7.7 km
Walk 1601
16.9 miles / 27.0 km away
Carisbrooke, Bowcombe Down & Upper Watchingwell
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Walk 2916
17.3 miles / 27.8 km away
Gatcombe and Shorwell from Carisbrooke, IOW
Grade - moderate
Length - 10.0 miles / 16.3 km
Walk 2435
17.7 miles / 28.3 km away
Compton Down and the Coastal Path from Brighstone
Grade - moderate
Length - 12.5 miles / 20.3 km
Walk 3237
19.0 miles / 30.5 km away
Bowerchalke & the Ox Drove from Broad Chalke
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 8.0 miles / 13 km

Note : The distances quoted to other walks in the vicinity are measured in a straight line. The distance by road may be further.

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Area Information

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