GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Matley Wood

2 miles (3.5 km)

This walk visits Matley Wood and Heath near Lyndhurst in the New Forest.
The area is a lovely place for a walk with ponies, heather, wildflowers and views of the River Beaulieu to enjoy. You can start your walk from the car park next to the campsite. It's located on the Beaulieu Road, just a couple of miles south east of Lyndhurst. From here you can pick up footpaths heading north east across the heath to the Fulliford Bog. This sits next to the rail track and the Beaulieu River. The route then returns to the car park on the same paths.


SO43 7FZ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Matley Wood OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Matley Wood Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

You can extend your walk by heading south of the car park and visiting the adjacent Denny Wood. There are more peaceful trails here in what is one of the quieter areas of the forest.
For more walking ideas in the area see the New Forest Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Matley Heath from Matley Ridge, New Forest - - 116397

Matley Heath from Matley Ridge. A sunny winter view north from Matley Ridge, looking across the heath. The heather is a crunchy brown colour, and gorse bushes provide the occasional fleck of green. A clump of Scots pine provide relief on the left and in the distance, on the far side of Longwater Lawn, are the bare deciduous trees of Mallard Wood.

Damp heath between Matley Wood and Matley Bog, New Forest - - 189021

Damp heath between Matley Wood and Matley Bog.
On the left the edge of Matley Wood with the usual silver birch fringe. In the middle distance ponies are grazing on the wet heath and in the foreground heath spotted orchids have sprung up next to the gorse bushes.

Ponies grazing in Matley Wood, New Forest - - 285803

Ponies grazing. As dusk falls the ponies keep on grazing the undergrowth in Matley Wood - they do not have the digestive efficiency of cattle and spend the vast majority of their waking hours eating. The flash from the camera shows the effectiveness of their reflective collars, a low-tech method of making the animals more visible to motorists driving through the Forest at night.

Matley Heath, northwest of Matley Wood, New Forest - - 285762

Matley Heath, northwest of Matley Wood. In autumn the heath to the northwest of the wood is an expanse of dying heather, interrupted by linear carrs of alder trees. The bulge towards the right is a short spur from the main carr that runs from left to right, eventually draining into the Beaulieu River north of here. Recent heavy rain has saturated the soil of this heathland.

Pussy willow trees at Matley Passage, New Forest - - 369885

Pussy willow trees at Matley Passage. These pussy willow (salix caprea) trees are just north of the footbridge at Matley Passage, alongside the old road. These willows are close to the water, as they like it. I think the bright yellow catkins mean that these trees are male.

Twisted oak in Matley Wood, New Forest - - 116390

Twisted Oak in the wood. This area of old woodland contains a greater range of trees than usual in the forest, probably due to the Victorian fad for ornamental trees. This oak is typical of the older trees in the wood, not far east of the "Matley Wood" Forestry Commission car park.

Silver birch on Matley Heath, New Forest - - 116392

Silver birch on Matley Heath. East of Matley Wood the heath gently slopes down towards the Beaulieu River and Fulliford Bog. The silver birch on the left of the photo is a good example of a speciment that has grown without competition with any neighbours. The wood is fringed with silver birch, which grow much thinner and taller as they compete for the available light.

Heathland south of Matley Bog, New Forest - - 369912

Heathland south of Matley Bog. The alder trees in the distance, on the left, follow the course of Matley Bog. The small pool in the foreground is typical of many that dot this heathland during the wetter seasons. A small conifer has sprung up on the far side of the pool.


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