Winter is a lovely time of the year to get out into the woods and can raise the spirits too. Whether the snow is on the ground, the sky is grey and overcast, or there is some bright winter sunshine, the forests are stunning in all weather conditions.
One of the most well-known and largest forests in the UK is the New Forest. Not only is it made up of trees, but it also incorporates heath and moorland, and even a coastal area! So, wrap up warm and snug in aran sweaters from shamrock gift and head out to the New Forest on one of these walks…
Look for Deer – From Bolderwood, you can head out to a viewing platform where you may well see some of the Fallow deer that love here in the forest. They are always a spectacular sight to see and make a woodland walk even more special.
Hatchet Pond Walk – This is a biggest body of fresh water in the whole of the New Forest and is a lovely place for a walk. There are two routes around the pond, so you can choose the longer or shorter one – don’t worry there are plenty of benches to sit and rest too and watch the tranquil water.
Explore the Coast – Walk from Milford on Sea and enjoy views across the Solent and over to the Isle of Wight on a clear day. Continue walking to Sturt pond, where you will see a lot of seafaring birds, so if you enjoy a spot of birdwatching this is a great place to come, particularly at this time of the year when many of the migrating birds are here.