In the village of Beaulieu you can visit the 13th century Beaulieu Abbey, Palace House and the church. Stop to browse in the shops or, just off the route, tour the National Motor Museum.
Heading out of the village, the path climbs up onto Beaulieu Heath, an area of moorland and the chance of spotting a nightjar, snipe or red shank.
Follow on down an old twisting lane, to Hythe and the huge drowned estuary of Southampton Water.
Distances 6 miles, 2-3 hours Large route map
Lyndhurst Tourist Information Centre, tel 023 8028 2269
Places of interest
Beaulieu Abbey and National Motor Museum, tel 01590 612345
Forest Home, Hardley, tel 023 8084 2270
Travellers Rest, Hythe, tel 023 8084 2356