• Pick-up: 09:30 am Southampton Central Train station SO15 1AL
  • Drop-off: 18:30 pm Southampton Central Train station SO15 1AL
  • Endurance: Easy
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Steve

Meet your guide, Steve

I began my career as an outdoor leader in 1999, volunteering at a local school on camps and venture group activities which I did for 17 years. I became a DofE leader in 2002 and a centre Coordinator in 2014. I have worked as a leader in many of the UK's National Parks and mountain regions, am ITC Outdoor first aid qualified and a member of the HCC Training Team.

New Forest Chocolate Making and Hike

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Be inspired by flavour, texture and a passion for chocolate and learn how to make chocolate truffles like the professionals in this ultimate, hands-on, chocolate-filled extravaganza!

Region: New Forest National Park

Trip Type: Masterclass

Max Group Size: 14

Grading: Easy

Day Itinerary

Meet your guide at 09:30 am Southampton Central Train station SO15 1AL.

Start your New Forest experience with an easy hike through the gorse and heather of Bagshot Moor and Beaulieu Heath.

Pass by Bronze Age earthworks and the remains of one of Britain’s earliest airfields, as you visit one of the New Forest’s most ecologically important habitats and beautiful ponds.

See the fascinating BEAULIEU letters carved into the heath at East Boldre and experience the abundance of heathland wildlife. Expect Canada geese, herons, mute swans and commoner’s animals – New Forest ponies, donkeys and cattle – a-plenty!

Don’t forget your camera on this trip too! This is an excellent opportunity for photos of the wildlife as you break for lunch by the water’s edge with countless New Forest ponies eagerly eying up your sandwiches and attempting to sneak a bite or two…

There’s just time for an ice-cream (two flakes please) before heading deeper into the forest for an afternoon of chocolate making.

A fantastic workshop for all you chocolate enthusiasts out there (who doesn’t love chocolate?). Join an award-winning and innovative local chocolatier to create extraordinarily delicious and luxury chocolate truffles.

Be inspired by flavour, texture and a passion for chocolate and learn how to make chocolate truffles like the professionals in this ultimate, hands-on, chocolate-filled extravaganza!

At the end of the workshop you’ll have truffles to go home with, so you can decide whether to make individual gifts or keep them for yourself to munch on the bus-ride home…

And no trip to the New Forest would be complete without a visit to a traditional local watering hole, before ending your day as the sun sets with a drop-off at 18:30 pm Southampton Central Train station SO15 1AL.

Walk details: 5.5 km / 3 miles | Total ascent 18 m | approx. 2 hours

Terrain: An easy, flat route in open moorland. Few actual paths, grassy and soft underfoot.

  • Pick-up: 09:30 am Southampton Central Train station SO15 1AL
  • Drop-off: 18:30 pm Southampton Central Train station SO15 1AL
  • All transportation throughout the trip
  • All entrance and activity fees
  • All chocolate making equipment, ingredients and aprons
  • Snacks and local specialties
  • Full-day guided experience
  • Local knowledge, folklore, and history

You’ll need to bring:

  • Pack lunch + water
  • Suitable hiking shoes
  • Chocolate making experience
  • Learn how to create extraordinarily delicious chocolate truffles from an award winning Chocolatier
  • Experience the beauty of the New Forest moorland
  • Visit one of Britain’s earliest airfields
  • See close-up New Forest ponies, donkeys and cattle
  • Immerse yourself in heritage, local history and folklore
  • Enjoy small and friendly group tours
Members only This tour can only be booked by members. To book this tour, sign up by purchasing 1 Year Membership.