Ocknell Pond New Forest

Ocknell Pond New Forest Naturist WalkThe Ocknell Pond New Forest naked hike route. Below are the details for this much loved walk by naturists from all over the south of England.


NOTE: Car park open status currently is:   Open.

Location: Ocknell Pond RouteGoogle Maps Location
Start Point: Ocknell Pond car park as indicated on map
End Point: As start point
Ease of Walk (1 easy 10 hard): 3 – some smallish hills to climb
Length: 2.8 miles approx
Duration: 1 hour approx
Nude Time: 99%
Textile Encounter Probability: 8%

The Ocknell Pond New Forest naked hike is a relatively easy walk and ideal for the novice naked walking naturist as the probability of meeting textiles on route is extremely low – maybe an occasional dog walker. The route is mainly flat with just a couple of gentle hills and is mostly track so footwear can be trainers or hiking boots.

As the route is quite circular, you can walk it either way round; start at car park (for both ways) and either head straight for the track (east) or go through the woodland by the car park and follow the westward route. Whichever way you go, you will finish at the car park which does tend to get busy during the summer months – you can usually stay nude up to about 100 yards from the car park.

Visibility on the route is very good for the majority of the walk with textiles being seen from a distance so you have plenty of time to cover up if you prefer.

This route can be done in conjunction with the Mogshade Hill Walk.

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52 Responses to Ocknell Pond New Forest

  1. Rob says:

    Checked this afternoon and the car park is closed. Not sure if it was closed for Covid-19 or just to protect birds nesting but they have not bothered opening up either way. Parking is available the other side of the road or in the bit approaching the closed gate. Did a slightly longer walk than yours today and only saw 3 people and only one would have seen me but even then he took a different path. As the Ocknell camp site has not opened and will probably not this year I think there are probably fewer people about.

    • DavidA says:

      Yes, thanks for this Rob.
      There is a slightly longer walk up to Mogshade Hill (coming soon) – is that the route you were referring to?

      Also, the Ocknell Pond car park is closed throughout the winter months usually being opened 1st April but with Covid this year, it has remained closed. Parking is available over the road at Cadmans Pool.

      • Rob says:

        My route just widens your route and ends up just under 5 miles and doable comfortably in 1hr 45m. I did it yesterday in 1hr 30m but it was a bit chilly so I was keeping warm :). Have just emailed a copy to you.

  2. Rob says:

    Ocknell Pond car park opened again yesterday. Typical isn’t it. Do you think NFPA are reading your blog? 🙂

  3. Craig says:

    Very interested to try a long walk. But a bit worried I haven’t done it before. What is the best time of the week to go so to avoid textiles? Im pretty new to this, bit have alot of time to give it a go.

    • DavidA says:

      Hi Craig. I would say best time is during the week and head out around 10am (ish) for a couple of hours. Of course, we can’t guarantee that you won’t encounter any textiles but all I have come across are pretty OK and don’t bat an eyelid. If you email me, I’ll let you know when I’m next going and you can have a socially distanced walk 😀

      • Craig says:

        I went out and had a look today. Seems like a very good place. A little to cold at the moment.
        I don’t know how to email you? But yeah sounds good

        • DavidA says:

          Yes, weather can be a problem. I was hoping for another walk on Saturday but with 90% chance of rain, might need the umbrella :D.

          Anyway, you can email me using via the Contact page; link above.

  4. John says:

    Is the car park at Ocknell Pond still closed? (April 2021)

    • DavidA says:

      Hi John. Apologies for delay – I was planning a walk out today (15th April) so wanted to check. The Ocknell car park is still closed so will need to park over the road at Cadman’s Pool.

  5. Louis says:

    Anyone planning to walk this week as the weather is looking superb?

    • DavidA says:

      Hi Louis; probably not a good way to see if anyone is up for a walk on here as posts don’t often get seen quick enough. I am planning a “club” which any naturist can join (free) with a dedicated messaging system so impromptu walks can take place at short notice. Watch the website.

  6. Brian Heyworth says:

    I would be interested if you do plan a walk, I’ve done about 4 walks round there naked last couple of years

    • DavidA says:

      Keep an eye on the “Club” page where these walks (and other events) will be listed as and when they’re planned. We also plan to have a dedicated messaging group too.

  7. Brian h says:

    I’m hoping to do more walks in that area. I usually park at the Canadian memorial then under the A31 then Ocknell Pond and back. Let me know if there’s anything planned

  8. Phil says:

    8% chance of encountering “textiles” (I don’t like that terminology, but hey!)? First 5 minutes of walking today, I encounter three. A cyclist and two walkers. I didn’t get time to put my shorts on with the cyclist and saw the walkers in plenty of time.

    Good walk though!

    • DavidA says:

      Hi Phil and many thanks for your comment. The 8% chance of encountering textiles is based on an average; sometimes I have seen absolutely no one for the entire walk and other times I have come across around a dozen but on the whole, the area is pretty devoid of human activity. Also, a lot depends on what day and time you walk too; obviously weekends will see more people than during the week and lunchtimes seems to be the busier time too.

      Anyway, glad you enjoyed your walk and hopefully many more to come.

      • Phil says:

        To be honest, it was just my kind of luck!

        It was mid-morning and mid-week. So it should have been relatively quiet. The cyclist just rode past and said ‘Hi’. And although I think the walkers saw me fumbling to put my shorts on, they didn’t say anything and didn’t even look bothered.

        I’m not very confident going nude in places I don’t know for the first time. I’ll definitely do it again and hopefully bring someone along with me too.

        I no longer live in the area, but will try getting down and discovering some places of my own. If I do, I’ll post them here.

        • DavidA says:

          Excellent – yes, any walks let us know and don’t forget pictures too.

          • There’s the path that takes you under the A31, that can be busy, there’s some paths just for walking to the east of the cycle path I use. Don’t know how to send pics

          • DavidA says:

            I think I know the one you mean; as you walk along the track from Ocknell Pond, there is a small clump forest on the left and a subway that takes you under the A31 – is that the one you mean? If so, continue along it and it takes you up to Mogshade Hill and the Canadian War Memorial. You can park up this side and do the Ocknell walk in reverse and yes, that side of the A31 does get a little busier.

            For sending pics, just use the Contact Us page and click the “Choose File” button to select your images and click send or you can email them to admin@greatbritishnaturism.co.uk

  9. OK cheers, yes I normally park at Canadian war memorial then up to Cadmans pool then back to Ocknell, 20 minute break there then back. Usually quiet

  10. Louise says:

    Hi i would love to join someone on a walk 10th or 11th June preferably early morning, im fairly new to naturism so if anyone is free?

    • DavidA says:

      We’re looking at setting up a local “club” via a messaging app so people who want to do an impromptu walk, can let others know and then maybe a small group can get together. This club will also do other events I’m planning so keep an eye on the web site.

      • Louise says:

        Hi David did you set up an app? If so would love to join

        • admin says:

          Yes, we have a Whatsapp group which I’m trying to boost. Email me your number and I’ll add you.
          I can’t do the 6th (teaching) but someone else might be able to.

  11. Did a twist on the normal route. 6 miles, along the path under the A31 turn left and head up to Andrews mare lake, then try another path back to the A31 tunnel

  12. John says:

    I’ve enjoyed a couple of early Sunday morning naked walks from Ocknell in the past month, both starting at Cadnam Pool and sort of cirumnavigating Slufter’s Inclosure. Looking forward to further exploration of the vicinity , I’m more familiar with the area around Denny Lodge and Shatterford which is more forest and less heath.
    Also pleasantly surprised by Longdown too, stopped off for a late evening walk last week, very quiet area op open forest and heath considering it’s only a mile or so down the road from Colbury.

    • DavidA says:

      Yes, Ocknell and Cadman’s Pool area are great for walks.

      Even better now that Ocknell car park is finally open.

  13. Paul says:

    What post code do you put in for the Ocknell Pond car park as I want to visit this Friday afternoon?

    • DavidA says:

      Hi Paul. I don’t think there is a post code for it as it’s in the New Forest. Best is to look at Maps and search Ocknell Pond, then use that to get there.

  14. John says:

    Anyone still bothering with any cover up when encountering textiles, as all legal to be nude these days?

    Always take copy of guidance:


    • DavidA says:

      I still do cover up but it really depends on the situation. If I’ve already been seen, then I tend not to bother unless it’s a group of school children or something like that. If I see them first, then I consider the options. You must also consider your own safety too – there was a report of a naturist beaten up for being nude so although it’s not illegal, not every knows that OR cares.

  15. Nick says:

    Visited Ocknell pond just for the walk.
    Due to car park being closed (massive bonus as less people on walk)
    I parked in Cadmans pool/pond opposite side of the road. You get GPS signal throughout the walk. But if relying on map take a screenshot and conserve battery by turning flight mode on. I had 15% batt lol
    Found the carpark, said hello to the very friendly calves. Yes it was Sunday…. Golden rule for less textiles is weekdays.
    If ever there was a time to get the clothes off, this was it.
    Sun cream on and sarong to hand.
    20 minutes later, I came across two old families on bikes. Sarong on confidently said hello a few smiles and hellos back and carried on. The rest of the walk was amazing too.

  16. Dave says:

    Anyone tried recently?
    Carpark still closed but have a short try

    • admin says:

      I was there about a week ago (beginning July) and it was still closed. Did mean you could do a 100% nude walk without fear of bumping into poeple 🙂

  17. Mick says:

    Hi a big thank you to all on this blog encouraged to do my first Nude hike today parked in Cadman Pools crossed over the road then shorts off and twice round Ocknell Pond route plus lunch did not see another soul for 2.5 hours in total bliss.Will be there again for sure thanks again .

  18. Louise says:

    Hi anyone fancy joining me for a walk Aug 6th anytime?

  19. Vitaliy says:

    Hi there. My name is Vitaliy and I’m Ukrainian but live in London since 2017. Most of the time I’m nude at home but never did naked walks outdoor. So today I’ve decided to take a shoot at Ocknell Pond. I’ve arrived around 5pm, the car park was closed so I parked at the car park across the road. There was just one car so I thought it’s not busy time. I walked enough to not be seen from the road and took my clothes off. It’s really good feelings to be naked in nature. I’ve met people there just twice – first time it was two women cycling and I didn’t have enough time to take my shorts on, they popped up from a corner and I took my hat to cover myself. They looked quite surprised to see naked man but just quick hello and they went away. Second time was at the end of route. it was group of people and when they spotted me, they start laugh so loud so I’ve managed to take shorts on, get to the car and drive home.
    So here is my very first and such sad experience. I understand that people can react different but I’m not sure if I will do it again, maybe I would but not alone. Unfortunately, I have no friends who can be interested in such events.

    • admin says:

      Hi Vitaliy and welcome to GBN. Glad you managed to get out for a walk which I hope you found enjoyable. You will encounter different reactions to nudity and with experience, you will find the best way that suits you on how you react to them. Quite often, it is too late to cover up as sometimes people do just appear so you just need to smile, say hello and walk on. Remember, nudity is NOT illegal and you’re doing nothing wrong. When I’m out walking, I am always looking forward as well as behind in order to get as much advance notice of other people as possible – then I can decide how I am going to handle the situation. Some walkers don’t cover up, others do.

      We have a Whatsapp group here for people who want to meet up and go for a walk or the beach – if you email me your number, I’ll add you.

      • Vitaliy says:

        Thank you. I really enjoyed the walk. Maybe exept the moment when I met that group of people. Luck of experience, I guess)). But everything was great.
        I’m gonna email you my phone number through “Contact us” form. Would be great to meet you guys.

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