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Bed and Breakfast Lyndhurst

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Turn off the A35 road between Totton and Ashurst at the top of Hunters Hill at Colbury. Go past Colbury Church and Longdown Activity Farm.

I was christened, confirmed and married at this church - only burial left!


 Another mile along this road the New Forest Otter, Owl and Wildlife Centre is on your left. On the other side of the road is the Deerleap Car Park.

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Leave the car and walk ahead, along a wide strip of heath between wooded enclosures on both sides. New Forest ponies and cattle often graze in this area. Livestock belong to the Commoners, who have inherited ownership of land rights, dating back to William the Conqueror (1066 and all that), to let their stock out on the Forest.


Walk along for around a mile and take the first gateway into the forest enclosure on the right hand side. Cross the stile and follow the path down to the bottom, across a small bridge and turn left. At the top of this ride is a gravel path and crossroads.



Take a left turn at the crossroads and follow the path to the top. Then come out of the enclosure at the gateway.

An alternative at this point is to follow the track, alongside the railway line, and then turn right to return back to the crossroads.


Having come back onto the heath though the gateway, turn right to cross the railway bridge. Then backtrack and follow the path back to the car park. Around 40 minutes.

If you feel more adventurous, then get someone to drive you to the car park, then you can continue across the railway bridge, follow the path and this brings you across Matley Heath to the Beaulieu Road. Turn right and this takes you back to Lyndhurst. About an hour and a quarter.



Wild bee - Click to see more bee pictures and butterflies.

Always keep an eye out for animals, flowers, birds or even insects. I have taken a few shots of wild bees. Link to more photos of bees.

There are many varieties of mushrooms and toadstools in the forest. One way to tell the difference is to eat them. Mushrooms are ok, but toadstools are poisonous!!! (best tested on your spouse)

More pictures of fungi in the Forest

Mushrooms (I think!) - Click to see more fungi pictures.

Always look for the unexpected on walks in the New Forest.  I came across this ferret, which seemed injured, so we took it to the local vet.

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