New Forest at dawn
The New Forest is a vast area of unspoilt countryside, where you can find peace and tranquillity, and some of Southern England’s most spectacular landscapes.
This enchanting area consists of one of the UK’s largest and most unspoilt areas of forest, pastureland and heath. It’s perfect for visitors who want to make the most of the great outdoors. The forest is criss-crossed with walking trails which wind their way through ancient woodland, past beautiful gardens and magnificent stately homes. The New Forest is a haven for wildlife. Look out for woodlark, grass snakes, deer and red kites. As you explore the area, you’ll discover pretty towns and villages, including Lyndhurst, Abbotswell, Totton and Burley. Apart from walking, a wide range of outdoor pursuits are easily accessible in the New Forest, including canoeing, sailing and mountain-biking.
A number of annual events take place in the New Forest, including the excellent New Forest and Hampshire County Show, a great day out where you can pick up fresh, local produce from one of the many stalls, and enjoy agricultural displays, children’s activities and a variety of exciting competitions.
One of the region’s most popular attractions is New Forest Wildlife Park, where you’ll find an incredible variety of birds and animals.New Forest heathland
If you’re keen to learn more about the park’s big cats, birds, seals and kangaroos, consider the Keeper Experience.
Award-winning restaurants, charming tearooms and rustic old pubs can all be found in the New Forest area, so you’re bound to find somewhere great to eat, regardless of your taste. The Beaulieu Hotel is an elegant place to enjoy delicious, locally sourced food with a wonderful view of the forest.
“This enchanting area consists of one of the UK’s largest and most unspoilt areas of forest, pastureland and heath.”
Alternatively, try The Oak Inn, in Lyndhurst, a lovely pub with good, reasonably priced food, a nice beer garden and an impressive selection of local ales. Another New Forest favourite is The Crown Stirrup, a welcoming pub which is a favourite with walkers due to its location near some of the forest’s best trails.
There are few better ways to refuel after a morning of exploring the forest than with a traditional afternoon tea in one of the area’s many tearooms. In the pretty village of Burley, you’ll find The New Forest Cider Farm and Tearooms, a great place to stop for a slice of homemade cake, or to pick up a bottle or two of the farm’s cider.