Country Parks near Hound
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'With more parks than anywhere else in Hampshire ....'

Welcome to some of the most beautiful parks in Hampshire.

‘With parks like these, you cannot do anything else but enjoy every moment you spend exploring their beautiful surroundings and having magical times spent playing with the children’.

There are eight Country Parks

The New Forest

Lepe Country Park which is a coastal Country Park in the New Forest National Park. There are stunning views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. With over a mile of beach, pine fringed cliffs, historic D-Day remains and wild flower meadows, Lepe is a great day out, whether you want to relax and take in the view or do something a bit more energetic.Country park on the shores of the Solent - ideal place to picnic, watch sailboards, fish or swim. Also children's playground. Access to park free, but car parking is charged. Wildlife and historic interest. Dog-free and dog-welcome beaches. Barbecue grill (pre-booking essential).

SO45 1AD – Exbury, New Forest. Distance: 20.4 miles, Distance: 32.8 km, Time: 0 hr 52 min

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway 

SO45 1AZ – Exbury, New Forest. Distance: 18.5 miles  Distance: 29.8 km  Time: 0 hr 47 min


Farley Mount Country Park On the downs a few miles west of Winchester lies Farley Mount Country Park, a large area of open country and woods, including chalk down grass land, Forestry Commission plantation and Crabwood which is Ancient woodland Local Nature Reserve. The Clarendon Way long distance footpath runs through the site and at the highest point there is a pyramid shaped folly that gives the park its name. Many groups begin their day's activities exploring the wider countryside by meeting at the Park, and moving on to use the extensive system of all types of Rights of Way that surround the area.The Country Park is open 24 hours a day, all year round and is free to enter. Some areas may have temporary restrictions eg. West Wood during forestry operations. Warning signs are posted at these times. 

SO22 5QE – Sarum Road, Winchester Distance: 18.3 miles  Distance: 29.5 km Time: 0 hr 30 min Near the Forest of Bere Farm and Berrydown Farm Winchester.

Within The Solent

The Royal Victoria Country Park is the site of a Victorian military hospital. Set in parkland overlooking Southampton Water. It provides ideal facilities for children and peace of mind for parents to enjoy a safe environment. The relaxing and happy atmosphere is complemented by a calendar of events, exhibitions, barbeque sites and walks. Also the Heritage Centre. Tearoom, shop, miniature railway and play areaThe Chapel and its Exhibition are currently closed for repairs. The Park Information Centre and Shop have been relocated to the main Park building near the Cedar Tea Rooms.

The Royal Victoria Railway

SO31 5GA – Victoria Road, Netley Abbey. Distance: 1.0 miles  Distance: 1.6 km Time: 0 hr 4 min

The Manor Farm Country Park on the banks of the River Hamble near Botley, Manor Farm offers 400 acres of woodland and open space. Step back in time and visit the Victorian working farm, complete with school room and blacksmith's forge.Scenic area of ancient woodland and farmland beside the upper reaches of Hamble River. Stroll along pathways or go for long country walks; at low tide watch a variety of water-loving birds as they search for food in the salt marsh creeks; enjoy a picnic or book a family barbecue in one of the 2 picnic areas that include children's play furniture and plenty of space for ball games.

SO31 1BH – Pylands Lane, Bursledon. Distance: 2.9 miles  Distance: 4.7 km Time: 0 hr 9 min 

West End

Itchen Valley Country Park There are 440 acres of woodland and meadows to explore in this small country park on the outskirts of Southampton. A large area of unspoilt countryside beside the River Itchen, managed for public enjoyment and wildlife.The rural beauty of the park through the seasons can be enjoyed along the paths and trails taking you through woodland, water meadows, pasture and hay fields. A forest trail provides access for people with special needs. The park also offers picnic areas, play areas, barbecue sites, orienteering and other activities such as pond dipping and Ollie Owl trail. High Wood Barn provides interactive displays, gift shop and cafe.

SO30 3HQ – Allington Lane, West End. Distance: 5.7 miles  Distance: 9.2 km Time: 0 hr 15 min


Lakeside Country Park There are 60 acres of lakes, wet meadow and woodland situated along Wide Lane between Eastleigh and Southampton.These restored gravel works offer the ideal day out for all, and for the keen-eyed, the Country Park has a range of birds, insects and small mammals as well as the occasional fox and deer. Enjoy a walk around with your dog on the designated paw trail or stop and have lunch at one of our picnic sites. Relax with a days fishing, or a fun ride on the train, or just watch the world go by...

Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway

SO50 5PE – Wide Lane, Eastleigh. Distance: 8.2 miles  Distance: 13.2 km  Time: 0 hr 16 min 

Within East Hampshire

Queen Elizabeth Country Park Is the biggest country park... 20 miles of waymarked trails for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. 1,400 acres of open access woodland and downland within the East Hampshire Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Visit Butser Hill National Nature Reserve and the highest point on the south downs.

PO8 0QE – Gravel Hill, Horndean. Distance: 25.4 miles  Distance: 22.5 km Time: 0 hr 35 min 

The Staunton Country Park offers animal magic, follies, rainforest and the Golden Jubilee Maze. Enjoy the fascinating pleasure gardens created by the 19th century botanist, Sir George Staunton. Experience the tropics within the largest restored Victorian glasshouses on the South coast and explore the range of gardens including the devilishly tricky Golden Jubilee maze.

PO9 5HB – Middle Park Way, Havant. Distance: 20.7 miles  Distance: 22.5 km  Time: 0 hr 32 min

Within East Dorset

Moors Valley Country Park and Forest At Moors Valley there is something for everyone... whether you want to enjoy a peaceful walk or cycle ride through the Forest, experience a ride on an authentic narrow-gauge steam train or even go on a high wire adventure swinging through the tree tops...

Please note: Be aware that due to the rural nature of our location, some satellite navigation systems and route planners may not be accurate when using our postcode.

BH24 2ET Horton Road, Ashley Heath, near Ringwood - Distance: 34.3 miles  Distance: 55.2 km Time: 0 hr 52 min