Monday, 8 December 2014

A New Forest Walk in the Rain

The New Forest recently played host to one of our colleagues, Helen, from the South West to a New Forest cottage with five friends. During her visit to the area she visited the popular Acres Down for a winter walk which shows you don’t need glorious sunshine to have a good time!

I organised a lovely walk with friends in the forest but wasn't so delighted to see dark clouds looming in the distance especially after the forecast had stated beautiful afternoon sunshine! When the weather takes a turn for the worse, a walk in the rain doesn't sound so glamorous does it?

Not to be deterred we set out towards Acres Down Farm, set right in the heart of the New Forest. Just a short drive from Lyndhurst, we parked in a small car park close to a graveled walkway.

From the car park, the walk is level; perfect for those with limited mobility and for those with a pram.

The walk led us adjacent to Highland Water Inclosure, catching glimpses of squirrels and birds through the trees, opening out to some breathtaking views across the National Park. The path, eventually bringing us back to the main route, leads on to Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary.

The Acres Down walk is approximately two and half miles long with very easy gradient, ideal for all walking abilities.

If you’re looking for somewhere to warm up after your walk, the Trusty Servant in the nearby village of Minstead offers a tasty menu and local drinks. However staying nearby we decided to head back to our cosy New Forest cottage and fill up on a home cooked roast dinner, the perfect antidote for a day spent out in the rain.

Like the sound of Acres Down, stay at Acres Down Farm Cottage

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