I love seeking out new places and we found a really lovely one a couple of weeks ago. Roydon Woods Nature Reserve in The New Forest. Near Lymington, it’s close to a town but a little drive out so you’re right in the countryside.
First we tried to find it by following Google and Roydon Woods but this does only bring you to a road! Nowhere to park so head to St John the Baptist church instead.
This church was really interesting too, being built-in 1087 I think it might be the oldest church we have ever come across.
The children were quite intrigued by the history of this church and some very old graves.
The car park is behind the church and well signposted too. At the back of the car park, you will see a footpath sign and a path leading up the edge of the fields.
Follow this path along all the way to a very pretty farmhouse and then turn left and follow the gravel road along.
When you get to the bottom of this road you will see a gate with the sign for Roydon Woods.
It’s a very simple route, just following it through the woods and see what you can spot.
This time of the year was perfect for conker collecting!
Keep going along until you get to a T-junction and this signpost, take the left-hand path.
Roydon Woods is brilliant for kids, its got so many places to explore and climb. With lots of fallen trees and hills!
We were treated to an even better surprise on this walk, a perfect shallow river with a huge bridge.
A perfect pooh sticks bridge and the kids could have stayed here for hours. I want to come back in the summer as it would be so much fun to splash and paddle in there!
Even the dog loved it!
Keep following the path over the bridge until you reach a gate, through the gate and turn left.
Keep an eye out for mushrooms, as we spotted these proper fairy toadstools!
This is a road which leads all the way back to the front of the church.
So I hope you liked this walk at Roydon Woods and if you’re nearby you do make a trip here. It was a very peaceful walk and one we would love to do again. Please take a look at my days out for more walks.