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Monday
22 July
9:00am - 7:30pm
Tuesday
23 July
9:00am - 7:30pm
Wednesday
24 July
9:00am - 7:30pm
Thursday
25 July
9:00am - 7:30pm
Friday
26 July
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Saturday
27 July
9:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday
28 July
10:00am - 4:00pm
Lush ferns and ivy growing below trees in woods, New Forest, United Kingdom

Grab some time away at the beginning of the week and come and explore the New Forest with us. Our brand new UK walking break takes us off the beaten track on some unique walks in this historic National Park.

Grade: Easy to Medium

The New Forest pony is one of the recognised mountain and moorland or native pony breeds of the British Isles. Height varies…

Why go?

  • Based in the heart of the New Forest
  • 2 included walks showcasing the area
  • New walking holiday in the south
  • Spot New Forest ponies

Woods & Wildlife

Monday morning our coach takes us over to the popular tourist spot of Hatchet Pond where our walk heads down Furzey Lane past Commoners cottages before entering the ancient Stubbs Wood. Crossing typical forest lawn often frequented by ponies, cattle and the odd deer we make our way to Tantany Wood with its many ancient beech, oak and yew trees. From Penny Moor we cross the main Waterloo-Weymouth railway following a path of silver birch trees and on to an area known as Shatterford; a favourite place for birdwatchers. From Woodfidley Passage we make our way across heathland, crossing the ancient Bishops Dyke and over to our lunch stop at the Drift Inn (own cost). This afternoon we visit the pony sales yard before entering Denny Wood and viewing a wonderful over 400 year old oak. Look out for deer along the Park Hill inclosure as our track meanders to Holmhill Passage crossing a stream and passing huge ancient beech trees. Enjoy panoramic views over he heathland as we head towards the end.

Hills & Ridges

Walking from the hotel this circular walk takes us through the trees on to the edge of the open before we follow a gravel track down to a disused railway at Slap Bottom. Crossing the railway line we follow the track to Whitten Pond, a favourite watering hole for forest animals before walking east over Holmesley Ridge with fine views. We then take a downhill track through trees and gate following a good track through a swampy area up onto a disused railway line and over to a tea room for a short break. From the railway line we continue a long a grassy path under Shappen Hill and into a belt of trees. Passing Goatspen Cottage and a short visit to a live badger set, it’s a short walk back to the hotel.

Moorhill House Hotel★★★★

This former gentleman’s residence with its meandering driveway, landscaped gardens and set deep in the New Forest, is our hotel for our midweek rambling break. Although just a few minutes away from the village of Burley, it is still a peaceful hideaway away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Perhaps spot the odd deer or wandering pony. The hotel is located close to the M27 and is approximately 7 miles from Brockenhurst Station. Complementary car parking is available.

Facilities Include:

Relax in the lounge with a pre-meal livener or a cup of tea if you prefer, before a bite in the restaurant; after a busy day in the Forest, you might like to unwind in the sauna, warm down in the gym or even take a relaxing dip in the indoor swimming pool.

Rooms Include:

The classic country-style bedrooms are all en-suite and with flat screen TV, iron, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and complementary Wi-Fi.

TEMPERATURE

Average Daily Maximum:

May 15°C

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What’s included:

  • Double room for single use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Use of hotel leisure facilities
  • 2 guided walks, including transfers
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Breakfast & dinner with ½ bottle of wine each evening

What’s extra:

  • Insurance, see here

Please note:

  • You must ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the chosen itinerary according to the different grades.

Useful Information

​Location & Transport

The hotel is located close to the M27 and is approximately 7 miles from Brockenhurst Station. Complimentary car parking is available at the hotel.

Walking programme

Two guided walks are included in the programme. The walking programme is graded easy to medium and you can expect to walk up to 16km (10 miles) on the first walk and around 7km (4.3 miles) on the second walk. A coach will be used to transfer you to the starting point of the 1st walk.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in your chosen activity holiday. If you are unsure as to whether the walks are within your capabilities, please contact the office to discuss this matter, thus making sure you appreciate the terrain that you will be walking.

You could be walking across uneven ground in some areas and extreme care must be taken, especially if wet. If used to using a pole/stick, it is advisable to bring it. Please appreciate the route and content of the holiday may change at the time and at the discretion of the guide/organiser, should conditions require. Solo’s Holidays Ltd cannot be held responsible for personal injury, accident or damage to property whilst on these walks other than incidents arising out of the company’s negligence. The guide has the right to refuse to guide a walk with anyone not properly attired.

What to Wear

It is of paramount importance that you have the correct footwear. It is essential to wear walking boots that are comfortable and preferably lightweight, with some ankle support and a good grip. If you already have a pair of boots that you are happy walking in (including during hot/wet weather and on hard ground), then bring these along. However, if you are bringing new footwear, do make sure they are well broken in before you arrive. Experience has shown that wearing 2 pairs of woollen socks adds to comfort.

Whilst we would hope for good weather during your holiday, it is of course impossible to guarantee this. We would therefore recommend you travel with clothing suitable for all conditions, and suggest you use the following checklist as a guideline of what to take:

  • Walking boots with good ankle support
  • Waterproofs – jacket and trousers
  • Walking poles – recommended as they provide good support for the knees, particularly on downhill sections of walks and when conditions are wet/slippery
  • Lightweight trousers and shorts with pockets
  • Shirts or t-shirts for walking in
  • Walking socks – several pairs
  • Lightweight fleece or jumper
  • Hat & gloves
  • Daysack/rucksack for walking
  • Umbrella – it can be used also for protection from the sun as well as rain
  • Lightweight drinking bottle to carry water whilst walking
  • Small first aid kit – plasters, insect repellant, etc
  • Good, high factor sunscreen, sunhat and sunglasses

Gratuities

There is often confusion on the question of gratuities, since it frequently depends on the type of holiday, location and, of course, your attitude towards tipping, as to what is normally expected. In order to give you a rough idea, we have given appropriate guidance below. The Tour Leader will be on hand to offer advice or suggestions if required but gratuities are offered entirely at the sole discretion of the individual. We suggest a group collection at the beginning of your holiday to cover drivers, guides, porters and hotel staff (including restaurant, kitchen and reception staff) of approximately £5. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of bar staff and housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (the rounding up of the drinks bill and a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, restaurants expect a 10% gratuity (do check that service has not already been added to your bill). For taxis 10% of the metered fare.

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Depart Return Nights Age Group Price From COMMENTS  
22 Sep 2019 24 Sep 2019 2 All Ages £ 429 FULL

What’s included:

  • Double room for single use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Use of hotel leisure facilities
  • 2 guided walks, including transfers
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Breakfast & dinner with ½ bottle of wine each evening

What’s extra:

  • Insurance, see here

Please note:

  • You must ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the chosen itinerary according to the different grades.

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