The New Forest Outdoor Centre,
(Carpenter's Barn & Walled Garden)
Minstead Manor Estate
Lyndhurst, Hants SO43 7GA
Tel: 02380 284 401
We are within the grounds of a private estate and only accept visitors by appointment. All programmes and activity sessions must be pre-booked.
We are quite tricky to find and unfortunately sat navs are not reliable, taking visitors to the wrong entrance of the estate. You must access the estate from the south entrance, found on the road between Emery Down and Stony Cross.
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Travel by Public transport
Our rural location means that unfortunately it is not possible to complete the entire journey to the Centre by public transport. However it is easy to combine train travel with local taxi or coach firms and we actively encourage our visitors to use public transport or share transport if possible.
Our closest station is Brockenhurst, just a 10 minute taxi ride from the centre. Taxis are available at the station but it is advisable to pre-book one from our list of local taxi firms. Bicycles can be hired at the station and the cycle ride to the Centre is about 5 miles on minor roads and forest tracks. We will try our best to help with transfer of luggage. If you are driving to our Centre, please switch off your engine when your car or coach is stationary in our car park for a minute or longer, even if you are just loading or waiting.
Approaching from the north east (Southampton) on the M27
Follow the M27 to its end, when it becomes the A31 dual carriageway. Remain on the A31 as it climbs a hill and bears right.
Go past the turning for Minstead and the garage and Travelodge services on your left and then take the next left, signposted to Emery Down.
Stay on this forest road for about 2km, and drive carefully as the forest ponies have no road sense. Ignore the signs to Minstead, going straight on at the crossroads.
The road drops down for most of the journey. You will see a tall green hedge on the left and soon after this, a gravel pull in, with two gravel
drives leading from it. Then follow the directions for "the last bit". If you get as far as a small culvert bridge with wooden side rails you have missed the turning. If you find yourself at the New Forest Inn you have definitely missed us!
Approaching from the west on the A31 (Ringwood)
Exit the A31 at Cadnam, just before it becomes the M27, go around the roundabout and back onto the
A31 Westbound. Now follow directions for approaching from the north east (Southampton) on the M27.
Approaching from the south west on the A35 from the west (New Milton/Christchurch)
Just before the A35 enters Lyndhurst, after the 40mph sign, you will travel down a hill. On your
right, you will see the White Swan Inn. Opposite the pub, on your left is a cricket ground and a left turn signposted to Emery Down. Stay on this road passing the church and the New Forest Inn. After about 1.5km along this road you will go over a small culvert bridge with wooden side rails. Shortly afterwards turn right into a large gravelled pull in. Then follow the directions for "the last bit".
From the east, if you approach on the Southampton Road on the A35 from Ashurst
Follow the sign posts towards Lyndhurst and Lymington. At the one way system at the bottom of Lyndhurst High Street all traffic turns left. Then follow the directions from Lyndhurst approaching from the north east.
From the north east, if you arrive at Lyndhurst on the Romsey Road A337 from the Cadnum direction
As you enter Lyndhurst all traffic turns right at the traffic lights into the High Street. At the bottom of the High Street turn right direction towards Lymington. Then follow the directions from Lyndhurst approaching from the east.
Directions from Lyndhurst approaching from the east.
In the way system keep in the right hand lane and take the right fork, following the direction signed toward towards Lyndhurst. The road then forks again. Take the left hand fork direction New Milton/Christchurch. At the T junction turn left away from Lyndhurst. At the bend in the road, known as Swan Green, with the White Swan Pub on the left hand side and a cricket ground opposite, take the right turning opposite the pub towards Emery Down. Stay on this road passing the church and the New Forest Inn. After about 1.5km along this road you will go over a small culvert bridge with wooden side rails. Shortly afterwards turn right into a large gravelled pull in. Now follow the directions for "the last bit".
The last bit!
You are now in estate of Minstead Manor, marked as strictly private, and we ask that you respect the 10 mph speed limit at all times. For the the main New Forest Outdoor Centre (Carpenter's Barn) take the left hand of the two gravel drives, and drive over the cattle grid, past a house on the left (taking care over the speed humps on the track) and continue straight on, bearing right at all the forks. Follow the oak signpost marked Carpenter's Barn/NFODC. You will see the Carpenter's Barn and the carpark on your left. For the Walled Garden area of the Centre please take the right hand of the two gravel drives and follow the signposts toward the Walled Garden.