You are here

Days Out in (and around) the New Forest with Your Dog

Horse eating grass

The new forest is one of the best places to give your dog a great walk, whether that be in one of the dog-friendly attractions or through some of the open areas in the forest!

You should make sure to follow the dog walkers’ code when going anywhere:

  • Respect rangers that you might come across on your travels and put your dog on a lead if asked
  • Keep your dog/s under control and in your sight at all times
  • Clean up after your dog
  • Respect other walkers and their dogs

You may already have a favourite place to go, but we found and put together a few places to try next time you’re unsure of where to go on your dog-walk…
 

Dog-Friendly Beaches

  • Barton on Sea
  • Calshot
  • Part of Friars Cliff
  • Hengistbury Head
  • Highcliffe
  • Highcliffe Castle
  • Part of Highcliffe Crow’s Nest
  • Hordle Cliff
  • Keyhaven
  • Part of Lepe
  • Milford on Sea
  • Mudeford Sandbank
     

Dog-Friendly Attractions

Braxton Gardens – Lymore La, Milford on Sea, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 0TX
Dogs are welcome on leads. Open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 4pm and Sunday from 10:30am to 4:30pm

Moors Valley Country Park – Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr Ringwood, Dorset, BH24 2ET
Dogs are welcome but in many areas must be kept on leads. Open every day from 8am, closing time is 5pm from September to March, 6pm April to May and 7pm from June to August

Lepe Country Park – Exbury, Southampton, SO45 1AD
Dogs must be kept under control. Dog waste bins are provided. From April to September, part of the beach is dog-free
 

Open Areas

Picket Post

Starting Point: Picket Post lay-by car park in Burley, near the A31
Distance: Varies
Features: Lots of beautiful ponies, fantastic views, lovely and open

Wilverley Inclosure

Starting Point: Wilverley Inclosure car park
Distance: 2.6 miles
Features: A wide, gravel path that leads round in a circular route with lots of paths coming off it.

Longslade Bottom

Starting Point: Longslade Bottom car park
Distance: Varies
Features: Lovely, far-reaching views of the surrounding forest, ponies are common to see

Google map of New Forest National Park