The New Forest Group of
the Ramblers was set up in 1969. Walkers with the Group enjoy
exploring the area from West Dorset to East Hampshire - roughly a 80
km/50 mile radius from New Milton. Members get full walk details
three times a year showing walk length, outline route, meeting point,
time to go, and a leader/contact phone number.
Walks are on a 'turn up
and go' basis, which means that the quoted time is the time to have your
boots on ready to walk, but you don't need to tell the leader in advance
that you are coming - so if you are late he or she won't wait!
Walks take place at weekends and on Wednesdays and alternate Tuesdays
and Thursdays throughout the year. Those on Sundays and Wednesdays
are usually between 10 and 12 miles, taking from mid-morning to
mid-afternoon, with a picnic lunch and sometimes a pub for a drink.
Walks on Saturdays are very popular and are between 5 and 6 miles.
Thursday walks are at a more leisurely pace.
such as breakfast walks, evening walks and moonlight walks along the
shore are popular and a walk to view the Round-the-Island Yacht Race is
arranged every June. A week of walks in the Purbecks, with
optional B&B, is a bi-annual event and coach trips have enabled the
Group to explore further afield with both short and long walk options.
As well as a varied programme of walks, there are occasional social
events, such as bar skittles, BBQ and annual dinner.
For those with young
children, special family walking is arranged.
We are part of the
national group, the Ramblers.