Burley New Forest Walks
Enjoy a series of nice footpaths through the Old and New Burley Inclosures in the New Forest. The village of Burley is a popular spot with a number of good options for walkers. You could start from the village but this circular route begins from the car park off Lyndhurst Road, just to the north east of Burley. From here you can pick up the trails heading east through the New Inclosure to Dames Slough Inclosure and Blackwater Bridge. The route returns through the Old Inclosure, passing Cockroad Hill on the way.
The route takes place on generally good quality paths with the chance of seeing deer and ponies on the way.
Just to the east of this route you can pick up the splendid Blackwater Arboretum Trail. The trail is lined with majestic Douglas fir trees which are among the tallest and oldest trees in Britain.
Also near Burley is the Knightwood Oak where you will find the largest oak tree in the forest.
The lovely Ober Water is located just a mile or so south east of the Old Inclosure. You can follow some nice waterside footpaths here.
PostcodeBH24 4HP - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Burley New Forest Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Burley New Forest OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Burley New Forest Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
After your walk head into Burley village and you will find Burley Manor. The main draw here is an outdoor area where you can enjoy views over the adjacent deer park. It's a great place to relax with afternoon tea after your exercise. They also do excellent Mediterranean food if you fancy something more substantial. The Manor building itself is noteworthy too, being Grade II listed and dating back to 1852. You can find them at 1 Ringwood Rd with a postcode of BH24 4BS for your sat navs.
The woodland trails are ideal for a dog walk and Burley Manor mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just a couple of miles due south of the inclosures you'll find Wilverley Plain and Inclosure. There are some lovely walks here across the open grassy plain and through the attractive woodland of the inclosure. You'll also see ponies grazing on the plain most of the time. Next to that there's the Holmsley Bog and Inclosure to explore. This area includes a cycling and walking trail along the old Southampton and Dorchester Railway Line. Here you'll also find the interesting Station House Tea Rooms set in the old Holmsley Station. This is a must see for railway enthusiasts visiting the area.
For an alternative walk around the village see the excellent video below.
Just west of the village you could pick up the Bransgore Walk. This takes you across the Dur Hill Inclosure, the Kingston Great Common National Nature Reserve before climbing to the viewpoints at Vereley Hill and Picket Plain.
For more walking ideas in the area see the New Forest Walks page.