WITH THE announcement of the latest lockdown, exercise is one of the few reasons we are allowed to leave home.
Now gyms closed, the amount of runners, joggers and walkers has increased dramatically according to data from exercise app, Strava.
With the latest restrictions, people are supposed to stay in their local area and not travel around.
So the Echo has put together a list of our favourite walks for people living in the New Forest:
Tall Trees Trail and Blackwater Arboretum
1. Tall Trees Trail Blackwater
Sites of some of the biggest trees in the New Forest are available along this route, as well as Roe Deer that are native to the area and are often seen in the beech woodland.
Measuring roughly 1.5 miles in length the path is a flat gravelled surface with several spots along the way to take a rest.
Just go under the oak archway and cross over Rhinefield Ornamental Drive, and the trail starts on your right, just a short distance up the gravel track.
An aerial view of Buckler’s Hard. Picture: Beaulieu Enterprises.
2. Beaulieu to Buckler’s Hard
This easy walk is 4.7 miles long and follows the route of the Beaulieu River and finishes at Bucklers Hard.
Flat gravel and grass make up the path and it even includes a boardwalk or two along the way.
Wildlife is rich on this route with glimpses of the river, surrounding fields and woodland.
Lyndhurst. Photo by: Daily Echo Camera Club member Sarah Penfold
3. Lyndhurst Parish
A quaint village in the heart of the New Forest, Lyndhurst offers the longest walk on this list, stretching out for 8.4 miles around the parish boundary.
It starts and finishes at the iconic Bolton’s Bench where you will be greeted by wild ponies.
The walk will take between three and four hours, depending on if you decide to stop for a break.
Curious deer at Bolderwood. Photo by: Jeremy Clarke
4. Bolderwood Deer Spotting
If you want to see wildlife as you exercise, then this is the walk for you.
These three short walks at Bolderwood includes a deer viewing platform which overlooks a large meadow where the deer tend to reside.
The Deer Watch Trail, Jubilee Grove Trail and Radnor Trail are all a short walk from the platform with a gravelled surface and benches along the way to sit and admire the view.
Keyhaven. photo by: Carmera Club member Raymond Molin-Wilkinsonâ
5. Keyhaven Marshes
Views as far away as the Isle of Wight and the Needles are on offer on this walk that starts at Keyhaven Green bus stop and runs along a section of the Solent Way.
There is also the opportunity to watch some of the bird life in the area at Kayhaven Marshes, before moving further inland on to an ancient highway behind the reserve.
This walk runs along gravel footpaths and quiet country lanes for 4 miles with Henry VIII’s coastal fort, Hurst Castle close by.