A circular woodland walk of just less than 3 miles through a beautiful section of the New Forest called Acres Down near the tiny village of Minstead, north of Lyndhurst in Hampshire.
The walk follows wide, well-made gravel tracks and all the slopes are quite gentle making it fairly easy walking. There are no gates or stiles. As part of the New Forest, Acres Down does have free roaming ponies so you're likely to come across some of these both in the car park and throughout the walk. To reach the car park you will need to drive through a ford. Approximate time 1 to 1.5 hours.
Free parking is available for the walk in the small Forestry Commission Acres Down car park. The area has lots of tiny lanes so better to use a map to plan your route rather than relying on Sat Nav! The car park is accessed from Forest Road (near Newtown, between Stoney Cross and Emery Down) and the small access lane is signed Acres Down ¼ mile. Follow the small lane through the ford (note this can be quite deep after heavy rain) and past the Acres Down farm shop on the left. Fork right to follow the short section of lane to the entrance gate for Acres Down – the car park is on the left. Approximate post code SO43 7GE.
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