By some miracle, we were blessed with a sunny bank holiday weekend (I know, I'm just as shocked) and I even managed to catch the sun. I've not walked around the Brockenhurst area much, so it was a pleasant change of scenery, an excuse for an adventure and it also seemed fitting, as it was where the first meeting of all the OS Champions for 2017 took place!
This loop walk is around 8 miles long and one of the most beautiful circuits I've walked in the New Forest!
Our walk from the Hollands Wood campsite, where I parked, added an extra mile on so it ended up being around 9 miles instead of the 8 planned! In hindsight, as Nigel said, doing the route the other way, coming back straight past the pub would have made more sense, but Kate logic did not work that day!
You head left and out towards the train station, across the railway lines and then veer off to the road on the left, towards the signs for St Nicholas Parish Church (the oldest in the New Forest. A church has been here since 1086).
Follow the road round to the right until you come across a bridleway on the left, heading along a hedge and through Brockenhurst Park. You follow this path down through Roydon Woods and continue to follow the bridleway!
The woods were full of bluebells at this time of the year, and it was so beautiful!
Continue straight and follow the footpath signposted 'Dilton'.
Once you reach the road junction, head over the road and follow the (very obvious) grave driveway signposted 'New Copse Cottage'.
Turn left and follow the path downhill across Balmer Lawn and then down in to Brockenhurst Town Centre once more.
We made the most of the wonderful sunshine and found a pub garden, where we chatted all things mountains, walking, kit and Elizabeth Hawley!
Nigel is fortunate to have met her, and I'm very jealous!!
Of course, we managed to find time for the obligatory GetOutside selfie first ;)
Thanks Nigel for being great company!
8 miles (dependent on where you park of course)
Click here to view the route on OS Maps!