New Forest National Park
New Forest National Park
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About
The New Forest National Park is truly unique. It’s a ‘world capital’ for wildlife with a huge diversity of rare plants and animals– one of the reasons why it was made a National Park in 2005. A place of outstanding natural beauty, the unique landscape is shaped by the grazing of ponies, cattle and pigs that roam freely. These animals may appear wild, but they are owned by people called commoners. One of the last places in southern England to offer a sense of wildness and tranquillity, it’s a wonderful area to explore on foot, horseback, or by bike. Indeed William the Conqueror, who set aside the ‘New Forest’ for hunting more than 900 years ago, would probably recognise much of it today.
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Brian Matthews
Winchester, UK141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
One of the oldest Medieval hunting forests in Western Europe, The New Forest was proclaimed a Royal Forest by William Conqueror as far back as the 10th century..and since those halcyon days, was used by many subsequent English Kings to hunt deer throughout the following centuries.

Coming speedily back through the years, in World War Two, The New Forest was also home to seven or eight RAF & USAAF fighter & bomber airfields, ( ahead of the D-Day 6th June invasion of France in 1944 and the 1943/44 bombing campaign over Germany), and today evidence of both roles as a deer forest and collection of former south coast concrete & grass airstrips are everywhere you look.

But it is the 'back-of-the-hand-bitingly-beautiful', outstanding natural beauty that is now The New Forest National Park, that it is most famous for..plus its freely available outdoor pursuits of hiking, walking, jogging, riding, sailing & camping, available to all (and 52 weeks a year to boot), that is its other leading attraction.

With the beautiful 'village' of Lyndhurst as its 'de facto capital' (boasting its famous Ferrari motor-dealership and the much-loved Lyndhurst Antiques Centre), and further down, the very special ancient village of Beaulieu with its internationally-renowned Motor Museum, there are myriad other stunning little villages & wee pubs in between and right across the Forest, all with their evocative thatched cottages and special Forest customs & habits... and all waiting to be discovered by the curious visitor, whether on foot on or with wheels!

(Incidentally Beaulieu Manor also got in on Hampshire's 'war-time act' by being the training base for members of Britain's Special Operations Executive or SOE.. the brave servicemen & women who were dropped into occupied Europe as spies with many, alas, never to return!)

In between the wonderful tiny villages & little hamlets dotted liberally across this vast Forest, are miles-upon-miles of open heathland, wooded valleys, large natural ponds..and of course the very famous New Forest Ponies wandering seemingly wild & unfettered.

The Commoners of the Forest have long-held & sacred rights to turn out their Ponies, alongside their cattle & pigs, so when in a car driving through the Forest, (40pmh in most places, but 30mph in others), do pay heed to their movements as these animals all have right of way over humans... and sometimes appear when you least expect them..usually around a blind corner..standing quietly in the middle of the road, minding their own business!

Indeed in late Autumn it is often common to see wonderful, healthy fat pigs happily snuffling around as they are let loose to pick up all the acorns dropped from the mighty oaks that inhabit the Forest..plus two, (in particular that I have spotted), herds of wee donkeys that seem to dwell around Beaulieu and the former bomber airfield up at Stoney Cross.

In fact if you get stuck in a traffic jam and can't quite see up ahead as to what's causing it, you will eventually discover it was actually an 'ambling animal' happily going about its life, at its own speed..so be patient..but then you are on a break after all..so hey! ..you will be!

Whether on foot, on horseback, on a bike or in your car, The New Forest, from Cadnam down to the Solent Coast, is the absolute jewel in Hampshire's crown and offers something, literally, for everybody...

So if you are visiting just for the day, spending a few days down from the city in one of the many smashing local hotels or B & B's... or here for your summer holidays under canvas or in your motor-home, you'll be assured of both a warm New Forest welcome and treated to many utterly stunning & most memorable countryside and sea views..enjoy!
Written 20 February 2024
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julie
Hampshire, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Love driving through the new forest, come often as it takes around 30 minutes to get to and the fact there’s so much throughout you could easily make it a day trip. My toddler loves having the window open waiting to see the horses, donkeys and cows.
Written 4 February 2024
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Chris
Zurich, Switzerland1,175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
A must to drive (or hike) through in you are in this part of England. The landscape is stunning. I liked the ponnies and plants.
Written 13 October 2023
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sueyoung12
Bracknell, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Love every inch of this wonderful area
The wildlife, the beautiful woodland and delightful hidden gems
Written 27 August 2023
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Tom J
London, UK1,654 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Lots of different walking trails, towns and horses of course.

Go for a wander and see if you can see the wild horses.

Try out some of the cafes, most places have free parking but some of the towns charge a small fee for an hour or so parking.
Written 11 August 2023
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Rob M
9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Went with the wife. It's not New at all. It's the same as it was when I came here in 1996. Disappointing.
Written 3 August 2023
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MarkMahoney
Aldershot, UK1,823 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Wonderful forest with fantastic atmosphere. Numerous great walks, campsites, pubs and attractions. Lovely towns that cater well for a visitor. Fantastic destination. Amazing wildlife, including badger, deer, ponies and donkeys
Written 3 July 2023
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Global20208261826
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
A lot smaller than what I was expecting. Intersected by roads and wide footpaths didn't make it feel that it was such a natural area.
Written 16 April 2023
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Anne D
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Great location, Woods Cyclery have a great cafe and the best coffee in Lyndhurst, they also do guided forest trail rides Sundays
Written 6 February 2023
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Katie D
Brighton and Hove, UK436 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
So many places to explore and this is a great place to start. The visitor people in the centre are very helpful and are happy to recommend places and it's a great place to get a hot drink!
Written 5 February 2023
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