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The New Forest Walking Festival returns this autumn after last year’s inaugural festival was such a huge success.

The event, which runs from 18th October to 2nd November, has been organised by the New Forest National Park Authority and other partner organisations.

The festival is expected to be popular again this year and many new holiday cottages in the New Forest are set to be booked up with a number of visitors anticipated to come to the area to take part in the walking festival. Organisers also believe that the extended good weather could attract even more walkers to come to the festival this year.

Over 30 expert-led walks available

This year’s New Forest Walking Festival will include over 30 guided walks. These walks include wildlife walks, history hikes, food trails, accessible walks, family strolls, activity walks and self-guided walks.

Some highlights include the Ashurst Woods Walk, the Autumn Amble, Holbury Stroll, D-Day Walk, the family fungi fun walk and the Wild Play walk.

All the walks cover different parts of the New Forest and hikers will be pleased to hear that all the walks are free or discounted for those who travel to the festival via public transport.

The festival organisers have arranged the event so that it will be perfect for all ages and have organised the festival so that it occurs over the autumn half-term break, ideal for a day out during a stay in one of the October half term cottages we have available.

If you want to see the stunning New Forest like you have never seen it before, learn more about the forest or just want to find out more about the New Forest Walking Festival, visit the New Forest National Park website for more details.