This walk takes you to the Holmsley Inclosure and Holmsley Bog in the New Forest. The area has a car park and a decent campsite which occupies part of what used to be Holmsley Airfield in WWII - one of 12 New Forest wartime airfields and Advanced Landing Grounds.
The walk starts from the Holmsley car park just south of Burley. From here you can head north towards the Holmsley Passage and Bog. Here you can pick up a trail along the old Southampton and Dorchester Railway Line. Follow it south east before heading south west to enter the Inclosure. You then follow the woodland footpaths around the site, visiting Lodge Hill, Hanging Shoot and Cardinal Hat before returning to the car park.
Holmsley PostcodeBH24 4HY - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Holmsley Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Holmsley OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Holmsley Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
At the campsite there's a fully equipped shop selling groceries and other items. At the south eastern end of the inclosure there's The Old Station Tea Rooms. It's set in the old Station House which was closed during the Beeching cuts in the 1960's. You can learn all about the history of the station which was originally opened in 1847. Now it's a delightful tea room where you can purchase a good range of meals and snacks. There's seating indoors or out if the weather is good. You can find them at Station Road with a postcode of BH24 4HY. They are dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
It's easy to extend the walk by heading a short distance east to explore Wilverley Plain and Inclosure. The plain is a popular place for a walk with a nice large grassy plain surrounded by more wooded trails.
You could also head into nearby Burley where there are some more good trails to try.
For more walking ideas in the area see the New Forest Walks