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Tuesday, 5 January 2010

6 miles circular walk east of Brockenhurst

The above sketch is for illustration only. You'll need an OS map for this walk.
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This walk was on Monday 4th January 2009 starting from our base, the very fine Whitley Ridge Hotel. Click the link in red for details. Please mention my blog if you are inspired to book!
Along Mill Lane, we skirted Brockenhurst Park and 50m past its ornate gatehouse took the rough track to Church Lane and on to Roydon Woods.

The fabulous Lime avenue in the park.

Roydon Manor
A ford and bridge over the river Lymington.

Fox prints in the frost on the bridge.

A solitary Lapwing was near Dilton Farm.
And on Dilton common was a flock of winter visitors - Redwings, which were a lovely sight.

We turned east along a track to Moor Corner and then took to the forest and eventually back to the road and our hotel. It is a great walk and one that I highly recommend. It took us a little over 3 hours, what with taking a hundred plus pictures and meandering a bit in the forest. Not lost exactly. You only need to walk north to find the road. It is just that in the New Forest it is easy to not know exactly where you are. Be sure to take a compass with you.
Look at the pretty New Forest pony above with its highlights in its mane and tail!

The frost that night was -7C and you can see the effect the next day on Beaulieu Heath

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