Autumn under the canopy of the New Forest when the woodland comes alive with rich reds and golden hues is the perfect time to scuff through fallen leaves and enjoy nature’s spectacular seasonal show. Last year brought one of the most impressive displays of autumn colours in 80 years – to rival even the Canadian fall – due to the New Forest’s unique mix of ancient, ornamental and native trees. Expectations are high again for this year.
The regal red stag heralds autumn in the New Forest with its bellow to mark the start of the rutting season and wildlife stores plentiful supplies of nuts, fruit and berries from the laden trees and hedgerows. It is the best time to explore 150 miles of picturesque car-free trails with bike or horseback rides through the ancient National Park landscape. Go on fungi walks to spot fairy toadstools at the start of the fungi season or hunt for conkers which have fallen among the crisp, curled leaves on the ground.
Innovative New Forest Taste Trails can lead you on foot, by bike or on horseback through the most spectacular scenery, stopping to ‘re-fuel’ with meals which range from the best ploughman’s to three-course fine dining. You can also pick up insiders’ tips on where to pick up supper treats along the way. Choose from a North, South, Sea Air or Woodland Wander trail to suit your mood and taste. If you prefer a more relaxed ramble with time to appreciate the stunning scenery and explore some of the New Forest’s charming towns and villages, then the New Forest National Park rangers, make choosing a route easy.
Fungi Walks in the New Forest are being led by Hidden Britain Tours with experts from Hampshire Fungus Recording Group to find and identify different species. All the walks are from 10am to 12.45pm on a Thursday and cost £16 per person, with the option to stay for a drink or lunch at a pub afterwards. To book or for more information, call the Lyndhurst Visitor Information Centre on 02380 282269 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visitors can use the New Forest Visitor Information Centre at Lyndhurst as a starting point for details of a wealth of attractions and facilities in the area.