21. Dibden Inclosure, New Forest

Heather in the New Forest
Heather in the New Forest
Heather in the New Forest
Heather in the New Forest
Heather in the New Forest
Heather in the New Forest
Heather in the New Forest
Heather in the New Forest

The children and I headed near to Dibden Inclosure in the New Forest this afternoon for a walk, I chose this post having driven past it yesterday and spotting that the heather is starting to give purple and pink blankets to the the ground, so lovely to see the colours breaking through following the passing of the vibrant yellows from gorse bushes and of course to see the bees out in force enjoying themselves too.

Having parked in the layby (details at the bottom), we walked left and followed a track into the woods, the children couldn't wait to get into the 'Gruffalo woods'.

Dibden Inclosure, New Forest
Dibden Inclosure, New Forest

They asked so many questions from 'What do you think lives in here?' through to 'Why do some trees have paint on them', five minutes later and a lesson on forestation management they started pointing 'and that one is going to be chopped down', ' that one might need to be too'. Trust me after another five minutes it became rather tiresome!

Dibden Inclosure, New Forest
Dibden Inclosure, New Forest
Dibden Inclosure, New Forest
Dibden Inclosure, New Forest

Kitty found a mossy spot to stop and build a birds nest, her new favourite thing it seems...

Building a birds nest with kids Dibden Inclosure, New Forest
Building a birds nest with kids Dibden Inclosure, New Forest

And of course no walk in the New Forest is complete without the token New Forest Pony!

New Forest Pony
New Forest Pony

To visit this walk, head out of Southampton on the Totton By-Pass A35 and turn left onto the Marchwood By-Pass, A326. Turn right at the 3rd roundabout you come to onto the B3054, Beaulieu Road. Continue over a cattle grid, past a New Forest sign on the left and park in the small gravel lay by on the left.