New Forest walks: Brockenhurst village

New Forest walks: Brockenhurst village


Today’s walk takes us around
the picturesque village of Brockenhurst in the heart of the New Forest
National Park. It starts here at the train station. The five mile route should take
no longer than two to three hours. Brockenhurst is well served
by buses and trains, in fact you can get here from London
Waterloo in less than an hour and a half. You can also arrive here on
the open top New Forest Tour, between June and September. As we head through the village the walk takes us past one of the village’s
notable landmarks; the watersplash ford. Brockenhurst is an historical village, in the Domesday Book it was named
as one of four Saxon manors in the New Forest, or Nova Foresta,
as it would have been known when William the Conquerer created the
Forest as a royal hunting ground. It’s really lovely to see
these New Forest ponies and they’re a frequent sight
all across the New Forest. The ponies are owned by local people
called Commoners, who have ancient rights to graze their animals
throughout the Open Forest. But please remember, they’re not tame
and they can be unpredictable. Also please don’t feed them,
as our food can harm them. We’re now at Bolderford Bridge
next to the Lymington River which flows into the Solent. It’s an incredibly picturesque
and tranquil spot. Nestled amongst this ancient woodland. This time of year
the autumn colours are resplendent. But if you were to visit
in the spring and the summer you might find dragonflies in abundance
and you may even be lucky enough to see a kingfisher darting by. This collection of fungus
is a beautiful example of one of the two and a half thousand species
of fungi recorded in the New Forest. That was a great walk, even though I haven’t actually ventured far
from the village of Brockenhurst, I feel like I’ve been out
into the heart of the Forest. And what better way to end a walk
than at a local cafe. This one is also a Local Information Point,
where you can find free maps and leaflets to help you find your way
around the Forest. If you’ve enjoyed this video please visit the National Park
Authority website where you can download
this walk route and many others.

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