Lyndhurst Circular Walk
The Lyndhurst Circular Walk begins and ends at one of Lyndhurst’s most notable landmarks, Bolton’s Bench, a lovely knoll where legend has it a brave knight and a fearsome dragon perished during battle. From here the trail takes you through the grassy plains where ponies graze, along lovely footpaths in the woods, across rivers and past a golf course. Along the way you’ll get to enjoy some interesting sights and the great scenery the New Forest is renowned for.
To get to the start of the Lyndhurst Circular Walk, head south from Southampton on the A35 straight into Lyndhurst and turn left onto Beaulieu Road (B3056) where you’ll see the Bolton’s Bench parking areas on both sides of the road.
|When to do|
Yes - On Leash
Older Children only
Lyndhurst Circular Walk
Lyndhurst Circular Walk Description
The Lyndhurst Circular Walk starts on the edge of town. From Bolton’s Bench, you’ll see the footpath below on your right, which runs mostly parallel to Beaulieu Road. Follow this footpath through the fields, and once you pass the Matley Woods Campsite on your right the trail takes you into a section of woods, after which you take a left turn on trail.
Soon you’ll cross the Beaulieu River and continue straight until you hit a paved road (which leads to the Ashurst Lodge on the right). Once you reach the paved road, turn left and follow it until you reach the A35. Be careful when crossing the highway. The Lyndhurst Circular Trail then continues on the other side of the road, and you’ll see the Busketts Inclosure on your right. From here you go left and continue on a straight path through Busketts Lawn Inclosure and left into the Rushpole Woods. Then follow a smaller path into the Yew Tree Hill woodland. Soon you’ll hit up the golf course, go through an underpass, walk past a cemetery, and reach back to Lyndhurst where you began.
After your walk, make sure to visit Lyndhurst for an afternoon tea. Peggy May's Cafe is a great place for tea and scones and it also makes some of the best paninis in the region.
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