A gentle stroll around Brockenhurst village
- Distance: 3km – 1.5 miles, 45 mins
- OS Explorer maps: OL22
- Structures along the route: 2 bridges and level crossing.
A little history of Brockenhurst
Brockenhurst is well known for the diversity of its shops, tea houses, pubs and restaurants. It is here that ponies and donkeys roam freely and drink from ‘The Watersplash’ at the bottom of the main street on their way to graze on the open heathland and ancient wood which surround the village.
It is the only village within the Perambulation of the New Forest whose value in the Domesday survey of 1086 was doubled (to £4) when that of many others was reduced, and was also the only village mentioned as having a church. St Nicolas, built upon a mound, may date back to Pagan times. The main attractions of the village are the Ford, running across the end of Brookly Road, the main shopping area, and the cottages, many of which, built by the Morant family who lived in Brockenhurst Park (now demolished and replaced by a modern house)
Start from the Railway Station car park in Brockenhurst.
Turn left out of the station towards the Cyclexperience bike shop then turn left into Brookley road and continue down through the village shops to the “The Watersplash”.
Cross the bridge and turn left into Burley Rroad (minor road)
Continue past the “The Rise” and go to the fence on the left around last house before a green Forest Lawn.
Leave the road and turn left over the lawn – known as Culverley (the dove’s) Green.
Cross over the small bridge and go past the school on your left.
At the B3055 main Sway Road, cross the road, turn left and after a few yards a right turn will take you through an alley leading to the end of The Close.
Leaving this, turn left with Brockenhurst Station on your right.
Cut through to the Railway Station car park. Leave the Station by the level-crossing and turn right across the track
Cross the main A337 (towards Lymington), ignore Mill Lane but take the next track and follow the lane to “St Nicholas’s Church”.
At the bottom of the lane bear to the left and follow the track to North Lodge, the original gatehouse to Brockenhurst Manor, which has many interesting features.
Cross Mill Lane (taking care of traffic) to the cottage and lane opposite (notice the M on the cottage – indicating that it once belonged to the Morant estate – probably a worker’s cottage)
Proceed along this footpath, over the railway lines and drop down to Brockenhurst College grounds on your right hand side.
This lane comes out to join the A337 at The Rose and Crown public house.
Turn left and follow the road to the “The Island” and the bike shop (Cyclexperience), continue along
this road to meet up with the New Forest Tour. If you are early why not visit one of the tea rooms or restaurants in the village centre.