In the heart of the New Forest, between Burley and Brockenhurst, you will find the charming areas of Wilverley Plain and Wilverley Inclosure.
While the plain is uninterrupted grass, inhabited by wondering ponies and hungry picnickers, the inclosure is made up of dense woodland. If you want to experience a taste of true New Forest beauty and diversity, Wilverley should be high up on your list.
The car park is just off Burley Road (Google Wilverley Plain to find it) and you can access the plain and inclosure from there. The car park is free but donations are encouraged. It can get quite busy in the summer and during weekends, so don’t be surprised if you can’t find a parking spot. It’s best to arrive early, before the lunchtime picnic crowd.
The perfect spot of a BBQ, picnic or gentle walk, Wilverley Plain is a large, open grassy area where kids can play football and parents can relax while (hopefully) soaking up some sun.
Take your camera because Wilverley Plain boasts many delightful photo opportunities. Ball games, kite flying and walking are popular here all year round.
The Wilverley Inclosure walk is an easily accessible, woodland trail which cyclists, horse riders, dog owners and families alike will adore. The paths take you through thick woodland where you may see all kinds of wildlife – butterflies, birds, colourful flowers and bushes and perhaps even a wild deer or two.
It takes about one and a half hours to make it round the whole inclosure and some of it is quite hilly. There are posts marking the way, though you’d be well-advised to take a map. As with much of the New Forest, mobile signal can be sketchy at best and non-existent at worst, so make sure you keep track of your route and tell someone where you’re going.
You can take a buggy or pushchair through the inclosure and small children delight in the wonder of the forest and the many fallen trees to clamber over.
If you’re looking for family friendly activities to enjoy in the New Forest, make sure you read this post: 101 Things To Do In The New Forest For Families or visit the New Forest section of this website.
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