New Forest and South Coast Wheelchair Walks<
Wheelchair Friendly Walks
We have a variety of walks available for you to follow within the cottages on some handy print outs, but we have also put together some information for you to explore online, so that you have consider where you would like to explore. All the walks listed here are wheelchair or pushchair friendly, or accessible by bike.
We are not sure how far you like to walk... so we have included a variety of options and with different surfaces - some of which are also included on the National Park recommended site - https://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/things-to-do/walking/accessible-walks/
- Access for All Walks - PDF download from 2017 - the paths have not changed much
- Blackwater Walk
- Bolderwood Walk
- Hordle Cliff Top Walk
- Keyhaven Walk
Our Own Walks
Viewranger is a web site where you can discover your next outdoor adventure, you can post your own walks to share along with a map - the walks are then available to follow via the app store on your mobile device. We would always recommend taking a map with you if you are exploring... but we are using this to share some of our local favorites. We have created our own account on the site, so you are welcome to follow us.
From the Cottages
- At the end of the road - is Pennington Common - cross the road and you will see the first information sign... head straight across the common past the park and you will find another information board, head round to the right and follow the worn path around the common.... there is one more sign to find. This circular walk gives you a chance to discover some of Pennington's history, draws attendtion to our wildlife and is perfect for an early more leg stretch or dog walk! Sadly not suitable for the average wheelchair due to the grassy terrain.
- This is a great circular walk from the holiday cottages, idea for dog walkers as it is through farmers fields and alongside the road - there are kissing gates along the router - they open with your Radar Key, some of the route is farmers field - soaccessibility depends on the weather and season - https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MjEzMzQzMQ==
- A there and back walk down to the Solent Nature Reserve - the route is on pavement where possible, then tarmac roads, no footpath down to the Sea, where the path is compressed gravel. This enables you to circle "Eight Acre Pond" and walk back the same way. The gates on the sea wall are accessible by wheelchair. There are no stiles on the route - https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MjIyMjM4Nw==
- A 4.5 mile circular walk that is wheelchair friendly, head out from the cottages and this walk will take you into Lymington, down the High Street (market day on Saturday), via the train station to Lymington Town Quay - a great spot for coffee or a drink on the Quayside, onwards to Lymington Bath Road and a play park for children, home to Lymington's band stand, past a Changing Places toilet, and the Sea Water Baths (another great spot for a coffee there on the sea wall) and then round the Yacht Haven. The walk turns back inland, past some fields to Woodside Gardens where there is a lovely rose garden in summer, a children's play area and park run on Saturday's and then we return to the cottages - There are three disabled toilets along the route including the changing places one, and lots of spots to stop and enjoy. https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MjIzNzQxMg%3D%3D
From the centre of Lymington
- There are three circular walks starting at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery in the centre of Lymington which take in the rich history of the twon, saltmarshes and Nature Reserve - Walk 1 is about 2km, walk 2 is 7km and so is walk 3. A web site detailing the route is here. Lymington.com walks
Within the New Forest
- A circular walk through the enclosures at Brockenhurst - https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MjIwNjEzNA==
- A circular walk of 4 miles from Rosie Lea tea rooms - this is not a wheelchiar friendly route - instead it offers a variety of landscapes, farmland, woodland, forest views and a forest pond. It is a very quiet route - one main road to cross with stiles and narrow paths... but varies round each corner and then you are back to the cafe. The walk is about an hour long... so if you need a break for one another... you can easily drink tea and enjoy the restuarant garden with views over fields whilst others strech their legs. https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MzE1ODQ5Nw==
Level Coastal Walk
- A Coastal Walk from Highcliffe Castle through the Nature Reserve down to the sea, along the promenade at Avon Beach and onto Mudeford - then returning via the same route, lots to enjoy, numerous places for coffee and a lovely sandy beach as well as the opportunity to go crabbing. https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MjIyMjM0Ng==
View more viewranger walks here
Note not all the walks by other authors will be accessible, but we think this is a fantastic resource to start exploring - take a look.
- There are a variety of additional web site with walking routes you can explore
- Secret Stories - this is an app provided by Ordnance Survey and contains a variety of secret stories in Hampshire, the New Forest, Dorset and Wiltshire - you can read more here: https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/newsroom/news/ordnance-survey-unearths-secret-stories-for-families - there is a charge for each walk, but it gives you a special guided tour, which we fell some of our visitors would enjoy.
- New Forest National Parks - Access for all walking guide - https://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/things-to-do/walking/accessible-walks/
- Walks with wheelchairs - search by area for some great local suggestions - http://walkswithwheelchairs.com/UK/Hampshire/Brockenhurst/298
- Walks with Baby - suitable for prams, buggies and families - so wheelchair friendly too - https://babyroutes.co.uk/walking-routes/forest-hampshire-walks/
- Enjoy the Hampshire Countryside - Suggested walks, not all are accessible - https://www.hants.gov.uk/thingstodo/countryside/walking
- Bournemouth Tree Trail - seasonal stroll - a 2 hour circular walk around Bournemouth or flat tarmac pathways - Bournemouth Tree Trail Walk
- Wheelchair walks Hampshire - a facebook page with a variety of walks enjoyed by a Hampshire based family with their all terrain buggy and disabled adult daughter - Wheelchair Walks Hampshire
The New Forest has an app with over 25 local walks and maps which you can add to your mobile device. Not all our wheelchair accessible - but some are. Get it on Google Play and at the Apple Store - you will need to search for "New Forest National Park Walks".