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New Forest National Park. Hampshire

With a long, attractive coastline and 45% of the county made up of National Parks, Hampshire is a large and varied destination for visitors to Southern England and a perfect outdoor roaming ground for families of all ages.

Spend the morning at the seaside, lunchtime soaking up some of the marine culture or learning more about famous Hampshire residents Jane Austen and Charles Dickens before setting of for an afternoon stroll in the shade of the New Forest or the glorious uplands of the South Downs. Hampshire has a huge amount to offer the outdoor enthusiast with the gentle paths through the ancient New Forest with its inquisitive wild ponies a particular favourite for family adventures with younger children. A stroll along Southampton seafront or a wander through Winchester make good city walks too.

Try out one of the recommended Baby Routes walks in Hampshire and the New Forest below or you may find some of the suggested websites here useful for further ideas and research.

  • Hampshire County Council’s website has a really great walking section. Not only do they list an extensive selection of accessible and pushchair friendly walks but also have details of the fantastic ‘Story Trails’  – mile long walks aimed at engaging children with their environment through tails on the trail. There are also good sections with ideas for New Forest walks.
  • New Forest Access for All have listed a selection of tried and tested ‘Easy-going walks’ in the New Forest National Park. Plenty to try in the woods and on the coast, all of which are accessible with all-terrain strollers and most of which are suitable for normal pushchairs.
  • Accessible Countryside have a good section on accessible walks and places to visit in Hampshire.

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Brock HIll to BlackwaterArboretum Walk, Rhinefield Ornamental Drive, New Forest, Hampshire

Brock Hill to Blackwater Arboretum Loop

Walk Distance: 4.5 km

Walk Duration: 2hrs including ice cream stop time! Allow more for little legs.

Ordnance Survey: OS Explorer OL22 New Forest; OS Landranger 195 Bournemouth & Purbeck

Suitable for: Babies in pushchairs (compacted stony paths), children in carriers, good little walkers, bikes, balance bikes and off-road scooters. 

Walk Features: Woodland, shade, arboretum, ice cream van (summer …

New Forest ponies, Lyndhurst short loop pushchair walk

Lyndhurst Heath & Forest Circular Pushchair Walk

Walk Distance:  5.6km

Walk Duration: 1hr 20

OS Map: OS Explorer OL 22 New Forest;

Suitable for:  All-terrain pushchairs, babies in backpacks, little legs, all the family.

Walk features: No stiles, tea-rooms, pubs & refreshments available in Lyndhurst, lots of free-roaming New Forest ponies to spot, heathland views, forest walking,mainly flat with one …

Knightwood Oak, Millyford Bridge Triangle Walk, New Forest, Hampshire

Millyford Bridge Toads & Trees Triangular Walk

Walk Distance: 5.4 km

Walk Duration: 2 hours leisurely stroll (including stops at Reptile Centre & Knightwood)

OS Map: OS Explorer OL 22 New Forest; OS Landranger 195  Bournemouth & Purbeck / 196 The Solent & Isle of Wight

Suitable for: Babies in carriers, all-terrain strollers* , shorter pushchair detour option. (*At time of …

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