We manage over 6 kilometres of coastal cliff open space stretching along the coastline of our Forest. This space is a great draw for locals and tourists and include quays, promenades and coastal grassland.
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Providing you are able to safely access the open space, there are a number of activities making your visit a perfect day out such as:
If you would like clarification of any other leisure activity or would like to apply for permission to use the open space contact our open spaces team at Open.Spaces@NFDC.gov.uk
Flying recreational drones from our open space areas is not permitted as it can be dangerous and annoying to other visitors. If you wish to fly a drone for commercial purposes, for film and survey, within any of our public open space areas, you must contact us to attain permission before your flight.
You can also make a report by calling customer services on 023 8028 5000.
If you are reporting damage to our lifesaving equipment or have found an issue which may cause imminent danger, call customer services on 023 8028 5000.
If you wish to hold an event on our coastal open space, contact our licensing department.
There are many benches and waste bins placed for your convenience; however, if a waste bin is full please take your litter home so that others may enjoy the area at its best.
Dogs must always be under the owner's control. Dog waste can be deposited in all mixed waste bins, if these are full please take it home with you.
We ask you only use designated beach access paths and steps to minimise danger to yourself and damage to our fragile cliff ecology.
For your safety, do not stand close to the cliff edges and follow local warning signs.
To find your closest public toilet or coastal safety equipment you can search our online map system.
We welcome cyclists to our coast. To ensure safety to yourself and other visitors you need to observe local signage which provides local guidance.
Local restrictions may require cyclists to dismount allowing safe access for both cyclists and pedestrians.
Maintain a safe speed and respect other users.
Some areas adjacent to our open space areas are very narrow and subject to coastal erosion. For your safety, do not cycle close to the cliff edges and observe local warning signage. Ride responsibly and be courteous to other users.
Our open space is maintained for local resident and tourist enjoyment, but we also take into consideration natural sustainability and public safety.
The coastline is very important to local and national ecology. Areas are used as a stop for migratory birds and as a home for rare Cliff Bees and the very tiny Black Oil Beetles. To improve this protected habitat, we have introduced coastal wildflower areas and wildlife friendly mowing regimes.
Hordle Cliff at Milford-on-Sea is maintained under a Vegetation Management Plan to ensure the best possible habitat for our local flora and fauna.
Much of our costal area is protected by natural designations. You can find Natural Designations using DEFRA's mapping system.
If you have a query about beach huts, coastal protection or beaches, please visit our New Forest coast section.