New Forest and Isle of Wight walking short break

Description of New Forest and Isle of Wight walking short break

An exhilarating day's walking on the unspoilt Isle of Wight where you'll walk across great chalk ridges with dramatic seascapes accompanying you throughout. Then, a day spent in the solitude and wonder of the largest medieval forest in Europe, a forest whose character has not changed for a thousand years.


• expertly-crafted self-guided walks in two of the UK's most scenic Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
• peace of mind knowing that all routes have been thoroughly researched by us, and tested by numerous walkers, so you can relax in the knowledge that you will not get lost! We include a marked-up Ordnance Survey map in your pack with a waterproof map case
• routes through the most tranquil and beautiful scenery imaginable, well away from the crowds
• printed commentaries highlighting features of special interest to provide you with an understanding of the area’s history, culture and natural environment
• the freedom to choose your own dates, walk at your own pace, linger as long as you like over lunch
• a choice of excellent accommodation
• a choice of good restaurants
• an enhanced sense of well-being following a few days of peace, fresh air, exercise, scenic beauty and close contact with nature. You will leave feeling refreshed, relaxed and restored

What to Expect

Grading of Walks: these routes are suitable for anyone of average fitness, able to walk up to 9 miles on undulating terrain for up to 5 hours with a break for lunch. The second day's walk is easier, just over 6 miles and is on mostly flat terrain.


Choose accommodation to suit. We recommend a wonderful country hotel, a former shooting lodge, with shabby-chic interiors and fabulous freshly-grown food. The sweeping grounds, handsome white building and majestic oaks evoke period drama, but inside lies a cosy, contemporary retreat. Or stay at an award-winning boutique B&B that makes the most of all things local – spoiling rooms, a happy vibe and an excellent breakfast.

Travel Information

By road: Total mileage from central London: 80 miles (3.20 hours)

By rail: By rail, fast direct trains twice an hour from London Waterloo to Brockenhurst - 90 minutes, followed by a short taxi ride.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1:Arrival day, settling into your accommodation and reading through your walk notes before dinner.
Day 2:By ferry from Lymington to picturesque Yarmouth where boats bob in calm harbour waters. The bus takes you to join the Tennyson Trail, where you'll swing along across great chalk ridges, enjoying the exercise and bracing sea air. Breathtaking panoramas unfold in rapid succession, dramatic seascapes, the sea all around you - this is the unspoilt Wight, beloved by Tennyson. Fully rested after lunch you head for the sea again, uphill and down dale, traversing rounded combes and green fertile valleys. Up on to glorious Tennyson Down, then down to a jewel of a bay, all the while enjoying ever-unfolding seascapes and panoramas. Finally, following a viewing of the famous Needles, the open-top bus takes you scenically back to Yarmouth and tea, perhaps reflecting like Sir Walter Scott on 'that beautiful island which he who once sees never forgets'. The ferry returns you to Lymington following a perfect and memorable two days walking. (9 miles).
Day 3:Today, a complete contrast, you set off on foot for a day in ancient wooded glades and open heathland, still the largest medieval forest in Europe. You'll roam over land once hunted by the Conqueror, seeing the famous ponies and deer browsing beneath the canopies of mighty beech and oak. The silent, sylvan forest paths are ideal for relaxed walking. From time to time, pause beneath the canopy of the mighty beech where, possibly, you may be rewarded with further glimpses of wildlife hidden in the depths of the forest. After a picnic beside the sparkling Highland Water, your route meanders across open heath and moor where panoramas sweep towards distant vistas. Finally, through forest glades back to your accommodation and tea! After a day of fresh air and exercise, nothing quite beats the relaxing comforts of your hotel and a delicious meal with your chosen companion, reflecting on the day’s shared experiences. (6.5 miles).

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: New Forest and Isle of Wight walking short break


Walking is the least carbon intensive way to travel and ensures that the environmental impact of our walking clients is kept to a minimum. Where it is necessary to travel by means other than on foot, we encourage the use of public transport; if that is unavailable we recommend local transport companies to reach the start of the walk. We aim to balance the environmental impact of travelling with the benefits that sustainable tourism brings to the local rural economy. We accommodate our walkers in a small local inn or B&B, all being family run and central to the life of the village. They employ local people and prepare meals from locally grown produce as far as possible.

In our small home office we recycle paper, cardboard, ink cartridges and printed material. We purchase recycled printer cartridges, paper, envelopes, labels, pens, toilet tissue, bin liners. We turn off printers, photocopiers, computers, battery chargers and transformers at the end of each day and avoid ‘screen savers’, use energy-efficient bulbs and low-energy appliances. We cut CO2 emissions by keeping thermostats at the lowest comfortable setting. We do not use tumble dryers nor take disposable plastic bottles to the countryside, instead promoting the use of water bottles manufactured by companies like Sigg.

We keep our customers informed electronically via email, electronic newsletters and our website. We encourage clients to remit their payments electronically via PayPal or by bank transfer.


We endeavour to balance the environmental impact of travelling with the benefits that sustainable tourism brings to the local economy. In choosing to lunch at local restaurants we are patronising establishments which employ staff from the local rural community. Where no pub or restaurant is available as on the New Forest walk, we recommend purchasing supplies at the village shop in Brockenhurst.

We choose the best walks available which may not always start directly from a railway station or hotel. Therefore provision has to be made to transport people to and from the start of the walks. To achieve this we employ local minibus and taxi companies. Over the years we bring repeat business to them.

Bringing people to a new region, arranging their accommodation and food, transporting them from place to place, walking the ancient footpaths, visiting their pubs and restaurants and teaching through carefully-researched commentaries something about the area’s rich history, culture and folk law, has the effect of giving people a sense of community with the place. People often return on their own or with friends, visit the same pubs and renew their sense of being at one with the beautiful local countryside.


This carefully-researched and crafted walking holiday in special contrasting landscapes of the UK, promotes appreciation, respect and enjoyment of the countryside through informative commentaries.

You walk in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and will read in our commentaries about the views to be seen from the high points. And it's always satisfying to look back at the distant route you took earlier in the walk. Our notes explain something of the history of the area; for example, we take you back 900 years to imagine the New Forest at the time of William the Conqueror. We introduce into your walks topics of a literary nature such as poems and references to writers associated with an area. The poet, Lord Tennyson, for example, was such an important figure on the Isle of Wight that one of the island's best walks, the Tennyson Trail, was named after him.

We explain about the chalk downland turf or archeological features such as barrows and earthworks and explain how the land we see today has been shaped by the past. This is particularly apparent when walking on the coastal areas between the famous Needles and Alum Bay with its coloured sands.

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