New Forest Guided Walks

We lead New Forest guided walks, events and themed experiences. We can provide fun, hands-on activities and challenges for groups to explore and discover the New Forest’s fascinating history and wildlife. Activities and walks are suitable for all keen explorers, be they families, schools, colleges or a group of friends, and are tailored for your group’s particular interests and abilities- please contact us to discuss how we can help you get the most out of your visit to the Forest.

These walks give a flavour of what we offer:

Get to know the Forest

There is so much to find out about the Forest: the iconic ponies, rare and secretive wildlife and unique traditions and way of life. On our introductory walk you’ll discover what makes the Forest special, such as how the animals shape the Forest and how it has survived since the days of William the Conqueror.

Forest discovery walk

This is a themed New Forest guided walk, ideal for families and groups with children. We’ll look for clues and evidence of the Forest’s fascinating history and wildlife.

  • The life of a New Forest pony: why are they here and what do they do?
  • Meet the ancients – just how old is that tree? Discover the wildlife that depends on the old oaks of the Forest.
  • Wildlife tracking – using your eyes and ears to find out what animals live in the Forest.

Seasonal walks

Creatures of the twilight – an evening guided walk

June – September 

A guided walk returning just after dusk, with the opportunity to look and listen for New Forest wildlife such as deer, bats and birds such as woodcock and nightjar. You’ll use bat detectors to locate and identify different bat species and discover their secretive lives. Sound recordings of New Forest deer and bird calls, together with field guides and photographs will be used to help with identification.

Start times for evening walks vary throughout the season to allow a return time just after dusk.

Optional activity – an introduction to moths using a moth trap to capture and identify moths (June – September only).

Fungi explorers

September, October and November

An introduction to the mysterious and secret world of New Forest mushrooms and toadstools. Meet the ‘Fungi family’ to learn how to identify and group the more common fungi and discover how fairy-tale toadstools get their spots! No fungi is collected to eat.
Games and challenges include: mushroom roulette, mushroom murder mystery, fungi top trumps and ‘true or false’ fungi name game.
Blusher on a New Forest Guided Walk Russula Fungi on a New Forest Guided Walk

Additional information:

Walk times are flexible. Introductory walks start at around 2 hours, which is usually a short 1.5 – 3 mile circular walking route. Our knowledge of the Forest will help select a route and start point suitable to your location, abilities and interests. For costs please go to our prices page.