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Boxing Day Walks
THIS former 13th-century priory sits on the banks of the famous River Test chalk stream, in acres of garden, woods and parkland. Enjoy the estate at your own pace and choose from several estate walks, including one that encompasses the woodlands, river and village. Pick up a trail sheet at Mottisfont’s Visitor Reception. There are children’s trails too, which take kids into all sorts of garden nooks and crannies.
Mottisfont’s special Christmas trail (with fun tasks to complete) is available until January 5.
FROM Boxing Day, you can also explore 1,600 acres of newly opened Hinton Ampner estate, with dogfriendly walks through glorious woodland beech avenues, and stunning views over the South Downs.
This is also an excellent starting point for other routes such as the Wayfarer’s Walk. Stroll through the gardens to enjoy wonderful winter scent, shape and vistas. Join the garden team for a free guided walk every Tuesday and Thursday.
ALTHOUGH it’s chilly out there, new life is stirring in these gardens in winter, so there’s plenty to see and enjoy. Keep an eye out for some floral gems, such as delicate yellow winter aconites and pink vibernum, reminding us of the delights of spring to come. Look up into the trees to witness a traditional sight – great clusters of mistletoe decked with pearl-like berries.
Circular walking routes at The Vyne take in woods, meadows, and the impressive lake; don’t forget to nip into the cosy bird hide to check out some of the lake’s winter visitors!
THE beautiful wilderness of the New Forest Northern Commons offer adventure seekers an inspirational landscape, with gently worn paths through woodland, heathland, mire and grassland.
Conservation work at Bramshaw common has opened up some breathtaking views and created a vast sense of space. Wild woodland and spectacular vistas can also be enjoyed at Rockford, Ibsley and Hale Purlieu commons.