In conjunction with Chiltern Explorers.
Walk length 12 miles/19 km approx. Circular.
This walk covers a very scenic area of the New Forest, starting from Rockford past Ibsley Common and Red Shoot Wood over both common and woodland.
Rockford is a small hamlet close to the town of Ringwood and also close to the village of Ellingham, both separated by a series of lakes known as the Blashford Lakes, which were created as a result of sand and gravel extraction. A tree known as the Moyles Court Oak lies in the hamlet, and is one of the largest and oldest trees in the New Forest.
Some of the woodland on this walk is referred to as Ancient and Ornamental (A&O) woodland (unenclosed originating from the 18th Century or earlier) and typical of the New Forest in the form of pasture woodland with grazing livestock.
A number of areas are also the sites of old iron-age hillforts close to some of the walk near Roe enclosure and Rockford Common.
The New Forest was created by William I around 1079 for the purpose of Royal hunting and named the New Forest, which is a translation from the Norman Vova Foresta. Today it is now a National Park.
Please make a note of the organizers numbers - Leon[masked] and Colin 07709305681.
Red Shoot Camping Park
Linwood, Near Ringwood, Hampshire, BH24 3QT, Telephone:[masked]
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See Red Shoot Camping park.
Various B&B accommodation at Brockenhurst.
Lunch and Finish
Please bring a packed lunch and water for the walk. Our walks usually finish at about 5.00pm and include a 30min lunch stop, however the time may be earlier or later than this depending on the weather and pace (we have a relaxed pace which includes sightseeing and photography).
Meet from 10.15am for the walk to start at 10.30am outside the 'The Alice Lisle' pub, which is the only one in the hamlet of Rockford, we will also return to this point at the end of the walk and a drink.
Car: Car parking outside the pub 'The Alice Lisle.'
Train: There is no railway station near the start of this walk.
RSVP: The organizers monitor non-attendance; we will ban anyone who 'no shows' twice for our events. You are also asked to please update your RSVP at least 24 hours beforehand. Please see our RSVP policy
Weather: Updates will be posted; see also BBC Weather Please see our weather policy
Dog Policy: As a group we allow and enjoy dogs on our walks however we do ask dog owners to read our dog policy.
Walking Safety: Walking is a great way to keep fit and generally very safe; however it does contain an element of risk. Before going on any of these walks you need to be reasonably fit and be prepared to be responsible for your own safety. You must wear appropriate clothing such as proper walking boots, warm and wet weather clothing and carry sufficient food and water and with winter light a small torch is also useful. Please see our Terms and Conditions