GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Puttles Bridge

3 miles (5 km)

This walk starts from the Puttles Bridge car park near Brockenhurst in the New Forest.
The car park is a popular place for starting a walk with nice trails along Ober Water and around the adjacent Aldridgehill Inclosure. This circular walk also takes you up to the nearby Rhinefield House, a fine hotel set in a former manor house.
The walk starts from the car park on the Rhinefield Road, just to the west of Brockenhurst. From here you can pick up footpaths heading east along the pretty Ober Water. The route then turns around to pass through the woodland trails in the Aldridgehill Inclosure and the Clumber Inclosure before coming to Rhinefield House. This old manor house is now a hotel surrounded by beautiful grounds which include ornamental ponds, gardens and a fountain. You can stop here for afternoon tea in the Conservatoryor on the outdoor terrace where there are wonderful views to the pond. Afterwards you can enjoy a stroll around the delightful grounds.
After exploring the hotel you can head south to return to the car park where the walk finishes.

Postcode

SO42 7QB - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Puttles Bridge OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Puttles Bridge Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head a short distance north of the hotel and you can pick up the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive Tall Trees Walk in the wonderful Blackwater Arboretum. Here you'll find towering Douglas fir, Giant Sequoia, mighty redwoods and majestic conifers planted in the 1850s.
Just to the south you can explore Whitefield Moor. The moor is a nice open area of grassland with ponies and horses grazing. There are some waymarked trails to be found here.
For more walking ideas in the area see the New Forest Walks page.

Photos

Aldridgehill Inclosure, deer - geograph.org.uk - 1519316

Aldridgehill Inclosure, deer

Aldridgehill Inclosure, New Forest - geograph.org.uk - 92407

Aldridgehill Inclosure, New Forest. This varied inclosure has much open mature oak and beech along with some sweet chestnut and blocks of conifer. This photo shows a typical view in the southwest corner of the inclosure, a short walk north of the Puttles Bridge car park.

Woodland walk, Puttles Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 1387446

Woodland walk. The woodland path is gravelled at the start of the walk as it leaves the car park at Puttles Bridge.

Path to the bridge across Ober Water, New Forest - geograph.org.uk - 563534

Path to the bridge across Ober Water. The trees at the end of this path are part of the riverine woodland alongside Ober Water, to the south of Clumber Inclosure. The path leads down from Holm Hill.

Ober Water - geograph.org.uk - 1387457

View of Ober Water near to the Puttles Bridge car park.

Rhinefield, reflection of Rhinefield House - geograph.org.uk - 1010612

Rhinefield, reflection of Rhinefield House. The south front, reflected in the ornamental pond in front of it. It's a splendid hotel set in a former manor house in the heart of the New Forest. The main entrances are around the less sunny north side.

Rhinefield, fruit trees - geograph.org.uk - 1010624

Rhinefield: fruit trees. A small avenue of trees starts to show the signs of autumn

Rhinefield, fountain and autumnal tree - geograph.org.uk - 1010603

Rhinefield, fountain and autumnal tree. A pleasant scene in the grounds of the house.

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Puttles Bridge.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)