The large village of Brockenhurst is a popular base for walkers wishing to explore the New Forest. The train station also makes it easily accessible with regular trains from London, Bournemouth and Poole.
This circular walk explores the woodland to the east of the village, visiting Lymington Water, the Perrywood Ironshill Inclosure, the New Copse Inclosure, Standing Hat and Balmer Lawn.
You can start off from the car park at Ivy Wood and then follow footpaths south along the river before turning east into the woods. The paths will take you towards the campsite at Lodge Heath before passing the Ladycross Inclosure.
The route then turns west to the Pignalhill Inclosure, visiting Standing Hat and Balmerlawn. The large lawn is a good place to see ponies grazing and the site of the Balmer Lawn Hotel. The impressive hotel dates from the early 19th century. It has hosted many famous guests including King George V, Winston Churchill and U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The route then returns to Standing Hat before heading through the Perrywood Ivy Inclosure and returning to Brockenhurst.
Other Walks around Brockenhurst
- Standing Hat - This easy circular walk takes you through Forestry Commission managed Inclosures near Brockenhurst in the New Forest
- Ober Water - This nice, easy walk takes you around the pretty Ober Water in the New Forest
- Blackwater Arboretum Trail - Explore the New Forest's Blackwater Arboretum on two super waymarked walking trails
- Wilverley Plain - This circular walk visits Wilverley Plain and the Wilverley Inclosure in the New Forest
- Hatchet Pond - This large pond in the New Forest makes for a nice, easy circular walk
- Brockenhurst to Boldre via Roydon Woods - This route follows bridleways between Brockenhurst and the village of Boldre in the New Forest
- Brockenhurst to Lymington Walk - Follow public footpaths and country lanes from the New Forest to the coast