New Forest, England

Shatterford Walk

Beautiful walk with open views over the heathland, in the New Forest.

Sign of Shatterford Walk in the New Forest

Shatterford is on the B3056 between Beaulieu and Lyndhurst. It has a designated car park and offers a gravel track to walk along with beautiful views over open heathland. The walks are mainly flat and therefore accessible to those looking for a less challenging route, although the path network towards Denny Wood is good so you can walk further if you wish to. Towards the end of the summer when the heather is out the view across the purple haze is glorious.

Shatterford is an undiscovered spot which rarely has more than a couple of cars in the car park and therefore offers peaceful walks. What is so special about this location is how well supported it is, without any of the facilities distracting from it. There is a small 2 platform train station adjacent to the walk (Beaulieu Road Station) which means you can reach it directly from London Waterloo in less than 2 hours. You can therefore come to the forest, jump off the train, (maybe with a bike), and find yourself in the heart of the forest. When you’ve finished walking, cycling or just relaxing you can head back towards the road, turn right and either walk or drive over the railway bridge, and in approximately 100m you will find The Drift, a great forest pub which serves good food, Real Ales and plenty of room to eat outside, including a good kids play area with climbing frames. if you are looking for something a bit more upmarket, there is also The Beaulieu Hotel which offers award-winning dining in a small but elegant hotel.

Shatterford therefore offers easy access by train, bike or car; a range of eating options and prices, and something for everyone, whether you are looking for a peaceful get-away for a romantic weekend, or somewhere to take a pile of kids to run off some energy. All of this is on offer and yet when you get there, the chances are you will feel like you’ve got the place to yourself. To be honest, this is where locals walk as they know it won’t be full of tourists!