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Acres Down Woodland

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Acres Down Woodland
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 25 Mar 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Acres Down Woodland Hampshire Walking Guide star1 Acres Down Woodland Hampshire Walking Guide star1 Acres Down Woodland Hampshire Walking Guide star1 Acres Down Woodland Hampshire Walking Guide star0 Acres Down Woodland Hampshire Walking Guide
Hampshire, New Forest
Walk Type: Woodland
Acres Down Woodland
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Acres Down Woodland Hampshire Walking Guide
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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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Walk Sections

Car Park to Grass Crossroads
Car Park to Grass Crossroads

Start point: 50.8864 lat, -1.621 long
End point: 50.8868 lat, -1.6284 long

To start the walk, go straight ahead past the low level gate and with the marker post signed for Bolder Wood. Follow the path gradually sloping downhill. As it levels off at the bottom follow it round two sharp bends - first to the right and then to the left.

A few paces later take a right turn down another wide gravel track. As the track begins to climb again, follow it as it bends to the left, ignoring the fork going straight on. Continue up the gentle climb and you will soon come to a wide grass path crossing over the main track.

Grass Crossroads to View Point
Grass Crossroads to View Point

Start point: 50.8868 lat, -1.6284 long
End point: 50.8836 lat, -1.64 long

Continue straight ahead here on the main track. Follow the path first along a short straight section and then as it snakes first right and then more sharply to the left. Continue over another grass crossroads and then follow the track as it continues to snake through the woodland for almost a mile. Eventually you will come to a five ways junction of tracks with views over the valley to the right.

View Point to Car Park
View Point to Car Park

Start point: 50.8836 lat, -1.64 long
End point: 50.886 lat, -1.622 long

Continue straight on here along the main track. Follow the track gradually sloping downhill. At the bottom of the hill you will reach a T-junction with another track. Turn left here. Follow this main stone track for a mile, ignoring all the smaller tracks off to the left and right, all the way back to the car park.

After your walk you may wish to visit the lovely village of Minstead, one of the most visited but least spoilt in the New Forest. The village has lots of thatched cottages and pretty lanes, a village shop plus a great dog friendly pub, The Trusty Servant. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s grave is under a large tree at the back of the 13th Century village church.

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6 responses to "Acres Down Woodland"

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By NezhyboretsO on 2012-10-30 10:02:17

This is the perfect walk for cyclists, buggies and wheelchairs. We saw LOADS of horses too 😀

By Pob75 on 2015-02-28 15:01:09

nice gentle walk. lovely scenery.

By allthegiants on 2015-10-18 16:33:53

Easy walk on cycle path and over a stream. At the other end you come to a Canadian memorial. Cross the road you can walk to Bolderwood and to the deer sanctuary.

By halfpenny on 2015-10-23 17:26:06

Sharon Libby: Acres Down walk in New Forest....gorgeous walk...and the pub in Minstead equally lovely. Great App as you can't get lost...!!!

By Facebook on 2016-08-27 12:53:24

Great autumn walk as dry underfoot and lovely colours through the woods. Tearoom at Minstead is very good

By ianclarke on 2016-11-20 07:39:19

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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