One of the most popular events in the New Forest is back in the calendar for this autumn, with a wealth of events announced and available to book from today.
Now in its ninth year, the New Forest Walking Festival is set to be bigger than ever before, with guided cycle rides new for 2021.
Sponsored by Hoburne Bashley holiday park in Sway, the Festival takes place across the New Forest over three weeks from 16 October to 7 November 2021. Experts will be leading the way on dozens of guided events from wildlife walks to historic meanders, forest bathing to fungi spotting, bird watching to ranger rambles.
It’s a chance to learn about the special landscape, habitats and culture of the New Forest, connect to nature and even experience new things – such as navigation skills or Nordic walking. To incorporate the autumn half term, the Festival will feature guided walks suitable for families of all ages – including spook-tacular Hallowe’en fun. Many of the events are free, but all places need to be booked, so don’t miss out.
New Forest National Park ranger Adam Vasey said: "We’re pleased to introduce guided cycle rides this year as part of the Festival, to encourage responsible cycling in the National Park. All rides will follow designated cycle trails in the New Forest, led by qualified guides, and all levels are catered for – including experienced riders and people with different disabilities.
"Being outdoors has so many physical and mental health benefits, and what better place to unwind than the New Forest which is truly stunning in the autumn."
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.
When out in the Forest, please follow the latest Government guidelines and the New Forest Code.
For more information about Hoburne Bashley, visit www.hoburne.com.
For more information about the Walking Festival, and to book a place on a walk or cycle visit newforestnpa.gov.uk/walkingfestival.