If you love walking, then you’ve come to the right place. With our own forest to explore and plenty of walks in the nearby area, you will be spoilt for choice.
Within a short distance of our site, you will find a variety of walking routes and trails to enjoy. Below you’ll find some of our recommendations. You can also download a walking map which shows you some ways to get to some of the walks mentioned below.
Just opposite our site, Hurn Forest offers extensive walks through Forestry England’s land. Most of the woodland here are conifers but in the small glades you can find a variety of insects such as the silver-studded butterfly. The forest is also home to one of England’s native snakes, the non-venomous smooth snake.
The Castleman Trailway
A popular walking, cycling and horse-riding route, The Castleman Trailway follows along much of the disused Southampton to Dorchester railway line. 16.5 miles in total, this route links Moors Valley Country Park, Avon Heath Country Park and Upton Country Park. It is possible to access this trailway by walking from our site, please ask Reception for details or download the walking map further up this page.
Avon Heath Country Park
A short distance from our site, Avon Heath Country Park has a visitor centre, café and wildlife areas. There are two circular, waymarked trails to help you explore and enjoy the heathland which start from the visitor centre.
Moors Valley Country Park and Forest
One of the most popular parks in southern England, Moors Valley is owned by both Forestry England and Dorset Council. Although predominantly aimed at families, there are extensive walking trails that criss-cross the forest and routes along the lakes and meadows too. Pop into the Visitor Centre for suggested routes.
Avon Valley Walk
This long-distance (34 mile) footpath goes between Salisbury and Christchurch, following along the pathway of the River Avon. If you don’t fancy or have the time to do the walk in its full length, you could walk the Fordingbridge to Ringwood or Ringwood to Sopley segments.