During the last 18 months we’ve all enjoyed getting out in the fresh air and enjoying new walks, so there is no reason not to continue in the autumn.
The New Forest Walking Festival gives people the chance to explore new parts of the Forest, connect to nature and enjoy all the mental and physical benefits that being outdoors brings.
Expert guides will lead a number of bespoke experiences, highlighting the unique countryside, wildlife, culture and history of this internationally important landscape.
New Forest National Park ranger Adam Vasey said: “After last year’s virtual Walking Festival, we’re really looking forward to seeing people again in person, in what will be our ninth year.
“Autumn is a wonderful time to explore the New Forest, with its fiery foliage and colourful displays of fungi, and the relatively flat terrain and wide designated tracks make the National Park accessible for all.”
For 2021 there will also be guided rides to encourage responsible cycling in the National Park.
Festival themes typically include bird-watching, fungi spotting, hidden histories, ranger walks and woodland wild play events for children. Walks and rides will be available to book online from 6 September, and many are free to join.
The New Forest Walking Festival is run in partnership with many local organisations including Forestry England, New Forest Association, New Forest Ramblers and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.
For more information about the Walking Festival, visit newforestnpa.gov.uk/walkingfestival.
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