Whitten Pond and Naked Man — New Forest National Park
komoot planned a hike.
February 22, 2019
This majestic heathland circuit explores one of the New Forest’s most treasured relaxation spots, Whitten Pond.
Close to the village of Burley, Whitten Pond is especially popular in the summer months when people come to relax on the shoreline, eat picnics and enjoy the scenery. However, all year round it makes for a great place to hike.
Starting from Burbush Hill Car Park—which is free of charge—this gently undulating route takes you around the pond and over heathland until you reach The Station tearooms, where you can stop for a refreshments if you feel peckish.
From there, you head north to Naked Man. If you are averse to public nudity, do not worry! The site is, rather morbidly, a spot where smugglers and convicts were executed and hung in the 19th century. These days, a plaque lays testament to what happened here and you will find the area still has a peculiar atmosphere.
After exploring Naked Man, you loop back across the heathland to the start. If you fancy a quick extension, however, try heading into the quaint little village of Burley for a look around. There are plenty of cafes, shops and places to eat in the village.