June 20th marks the 2016 Summer Solstice. The sun will dawn at 4:42am and closes out at 9:21pm; this gives us a mammoth 16 hours and 38 minutes of sunlight! The weekend of the 18th is your best chance to make the most of that summer glow and really enjoy what nature has to offer.

Here are a few ideas to make the most of it!

The Bolderwood walk is an ideal short walk for you if you’re looking to take a gentle walk, stop for the perfect picnic and relax. The trail includes platforms for viewing the local fallow deer population and various walks ranging from 0.5miles to 2miles. Bolderwood features a large picnic and grass area, making it perfect for family centred games and picnics after enjoying the scenery.

Light Walks, perfect for families

Try one of our various food trails

These food trails are an ideal opportunity to enjoy the environment and taste local cuisine. Food trails in Burley, Beaulieu and Milford are 3.3-5m, 2.2m and 2.6-3.3m respectively and wind their way through local businesses giving you the opportunity to taste what they have to offer; from ciders to sweets, there’s something for the entire family. This is a great opportunity to take your Brand New Forest Card out for a spin; the majority of businesses included in the trail accept it!

The Lyndhurst Parish Walk is 8.5 miles that follows the parish boundary and explores what Lyndhurst has to offer. This trail takes 3-4 hours to complete, leaving plenty of time in the day to stop for lunch at the pub or one of the many picnic spots. Lyndhurst has a diverse range of wildlife and country side, from open fields with ponies and cattle to dense foliage, streams and glades home to rabbits and fox and deer.]Longer activities for more energetic adventurers.

If you’re in the mood for some slightly faster paced activities, there’s plenty of cycling trails across The New Forest for you to try. The North Taste trail sees you cycling from Hyde to Fritham across 15miles of beautiful ancient woodland. The ride takes you past multiple restaurants and cafe’s to keep you fuelled and with The Brand New Forest Card, bike hire doesn’t have to be expensive either.

North Taste Trail

For the more dedicated amongst us:
The Avon Valley Path
At 34 miles long, this walk is not for the faint of heart. With an estimated 13 to 17.5hour completion time, this walk is more of a race against the clock than a leisurely stroll and is the perfect test for even the most seasoned of walkers. The walk begins in Salisbury at the statue of The Walking Madonna before winding its way, along the river Avon, through Ringwood and eventually ending in Christchurch. The walk frequently meanders from nature to civilisation, giving ample opportunity to stop and take on refreshments and use your Brand New Forest Card.

If none of these adventures sound like your cup of tea, explore our Things to Do section for some great ideas!