A mixture of woodland, open space, heathland, farmland and downland, it is the nearest and most accessible countryside for many of the residents of south-east Hampshire and important to many different people for a variety of reasons.
Together with the remaining 19th century oak and modern 20th century conifer plantations, there are areas of retained scrub and coppice, streams, ponds and an extensive network of rides and paths.
The many habitats provide an excellent area for nature lovers, whatever the season.
There are walking and cycling opportunities within the forest, ideal for all abilities.
The Great Big Food Company is now operating in West Walk car park. Open 9am to 5pm (weather permitting) at weekends during October - May and 7 days a week during June - September. They offer hot and cold drinks, ice creams and snacks. Click here for more details.