This guided walking weekend combines one of the best woodland walks in the UK through the New Forest’s Bolderwood Arboretum, with a chance to blow away the cobwebs on the beautiful headland of Hengistbury Head. Add a healthy heap of laughter, chatter and good food into the mix, and it all points to one of those weekends that will be filed away under the ‘Happy Memory’ category. In a nutshell: Stroll through the Arboretum’s impressive ornamental conifers and ancient oak woodland. Watch up-close the Bolderwood fallow deer. Explore the scenic headland and nature reserve at Hengistbury Head. Lounge in front of open fires.
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As you pitch up (from 5 pm onwards) at the country house close to the village of Burley in the heart of the New Forest, you’ll be greeted by our Large Outdoors host.
Settling in will be easy as the comfortable lounge with open fire will immediately work its magic as you get to know your fellow walkers while supper is being cooked.
Having devoured a hearty breakfast, we don boots for today’s 10-mile walk through the Bolderwood Arboretum along flat trails, making it perfect for newbies to walking as well as seasoned-strollers.
Along the way we’ll have time to visit the observation platform overlooking the Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary and have front-seat viewing of the beautiful fallow deer.
On our return, you are also free to spend time in Burley village as the independent shops offer a fine chance for retail therapy or you can slake your thirst in one of the hostelries in the village!
After all that, it just leaves time for a bit more relaxation while our Large Outdoors host prepares your dinner using a plethora of local ingredients.
In contrast to the woodland walks of the previous day, we drive a short way to Hengistbury Head. This stunning headland is now largely a nature reserve and is an outstanding site for wildlife as well as offering beautiful beaches and views across the New Forest and the Isle of Wight.
During our 5-mile walk, there will be plenty of opportunities for ‘view stops’ and then we’ll head to the pub for lunch before heading home.
You’ll be working up a sweat. Bring along a touch of enthusiasm and a little determination
2 nights hostel accommodation, please note bedding is supplied but you will need a towel.. Our accommodation for the weekend is Cottesmore House, a converted country home that is set in its own grounds and is very tranquil. There are a mix of rooms, some of which are private and there’s full central heating as well as log fire in the lounge.
Refund excludes processing fees. Alternate dates may be able to be agreed at no additional cost, but this is not guaranteed.
Burley, Ringwood BH24 4BB, UK