New Forest National Park Guidebooks and Maps
RambleFest displays New Forest National Park guidebooks and maps, and provides the facility for buying them online.
The New Forest National Park is an area which includes the largest remaining tracts of unenclosed pasture land, heath and forest in the heavily-populated southern England, and supports a great variety of wildlife.
New Forest National Park Guidebooks
As well as rambling books, we include geology, local interest, natural history and many other books of interest to those visiting the New Forest National Park. We welcome suggestions for inclusion.
“This guidebook describes 30 day walks of between 3 and 10 miles set right across the New Forest National Park. Suitable for all abilities, the walks can easily be combined into longer routes for greater challenges, through woodland, heath and along the coast, all illustrated with large-scale OS map extracts and vibrant colour photographs. The area is also an animal lover’s paradise, providing natural habitat to many types of wildlife including deer, all six of Britain’s native reptiles and the New Forest’s very own species of pony. The New Forest is a unique landscape of open heath and ancient woodland tucked into south-west Hampshire and south-east Wiltshire. To many, a key feature is the ancient and ornamental woods, and here can be found the greatest concentration of ‘veteran’ trees in western Europe. However, there is much more on offer, including 42km (26 miles) of coastline, the largest area of lowland heath in Britain and three-quarters of the valley mires in north-west Europe, as well as picture-postcard thatched cottages, ancient churches and cosy pubs. And all this located within Britain’s smallest national park, within easy reach of Southampton, Bournemouth and Salisbury.”
– Walking in the New Forest: 30 Walks in the New Forest National Park (Cicerone)
“The New Forest is the jewel of Hampshire’s crown. Relatively unchanged for centuries, it continues to provide wonderful opportunities for the walker to experience both its unique woodland and rare wildlife. This Pathfinder Short Walks guidebook will help you discover some of the best of the area. The New Forest is a working, living landscape consisting of peaceful lawns and wild heather moorland, all of which set it apart as a place for the peaceful enjoyment of nature. Its proximity to the commuter belt of the south east means that it is ideally placed for weekend walks, while it continues to attract visitors from much further afield, who come to stay and explore the area for a week or two.”
– New Forest Short Walks for All the Family (Pathfinder Guides)
“These 20 circular walks, varying in length from 2 to 7 miles, take in renowned beauty spots, hidden gems and must-sees from across Hampshire & the New Forest. The guide has been divided into seasons, so you’ll find a recommendation for every day of the year. Highlights include: * Spring: Hurstbourne Tarrant with its thatched cottages, and the bluebell-carpeted nature reserves of Roydon Woods and Broughton Down * Summer: warm-weather strolling on the South Downs and bird-spotting near Sarisbury * Autumn: the blazing colours of the heathland around Rockford and Hartley Wintney * Winter: coastal views, cosy pubs and sea air at Netley Abbey, and the countryside of Kingsclere’s famous Watership Down All walks include: * Directions to the start * Parking info * Numbered route map and directions * Distance and terrain * Recommended local pubs and cafes * Points of interest along the way.”
– Hampshire & The New Forest Year Round Walks
New Forest National Park Maps
We display the one Ordnance Survey `Explorer’ 1:25,000 scale map (the best that is commercially available) which covers the New Forest National Park. We show the standard quality, although the tougher all-weather type is also available. We also display the excellent AZ Adventure Atlas: New Forest, which is essentially the “Explorer” map in book form, plus an index and info on locations. There is another map which may be handy, although it is not of the same scale.