Wilverley Plain and Inclosure Walk
This circular walk visits Wilverley Plain and the Wilverley Inclosure in the New Forest.
The walk starts from the large Wilverley Plain car park, a couple of miles from Sway. There's also a smaller parking area at Wilverley Inclosure.
The plain is an expansive grassy area which is great for picnics or playing games. You'll also see ponies grazing there most of the time. The walk then heads west to explore the adjacent Wilverley Inclosure which is great for a peaceful stroll. Here you will find miles of good footpaths taking you through the conifer and broadleaved woodland. Look out for deer and other wildlife in this pretty area.
PostcodeBH25 5TZ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Wilverley Plain Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Wilverley Plain Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Wilverley Plain OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Wilverley Plain Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Head into Burley and you could visit the splendid 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.
On the western side of the plain there's the delightful Old Station Tea Rooms. The cafe is set in the old railway 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. These days 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.
The woods and plain are ideal for a dog walk and Burley Manor mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head a couple of miles north and you can explore the Burley Inclosures on the Burley Walk. The village of the same name is located just to the west and has good facilities with pubs, shops and cycle hire. The popular Blackwater Arboretum Trail can also be picked up nearby. The trail is lined with majestic Douglas fir trees which are among the tallest and oldest trees in Britain.
Just a mile or so north east you will find Ober Water where there are nice trails along the pretty stream and through the adjacent Rhinefield Walk. The famous Knightwood Oak is another highlight of the area. Here you will find the largest oak tree in the forest and a picnic area.
Just to the west you'll find Holmsley Bog and Inclosure. There's more nice scenery here with a disused railway line that you can walk or cycle along.
Just north west of the plain 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.
To the south is the market town of New Milton where there's a train station and some pleasant waterside trails around the Ballard Water Meadows.
For more walking ideas in the area see the New Forest Walks and Hampshire Walks pages.