Discover the best walks and towns in the New Forest...
William the Conqueror set aside the Forest for hunting more than 900 years ago as his 'Nova Foresta' or 'New Forest' and centuries of grazing by deer, ponies and cattle have shaped the landscape.
The rare blend of open heathlands and ancient woodlands makes the New Forest a unique and very special place indeed, the underlying features of which have changed little over the centuries, in fact William would probably still recognise much of the Forest as the same place he hunted wild deer and boar.
The New Forest dominates our region and you can spend days visiting all the villages and stunning location around the area. The New Forest open top tour bus even stops at both Lytton Lawn Touring Park and Shorefield Country Park between June and September.
The New Forest is rich with many award winning gardens, wildlife parks, leisure parks and so much more. The Forest is rich with colours throughout the year and can be enjoyed year round, weather you are cycling through the trees on a summers evening or crunching the autumn leaves the New Forest.
Keep an eye out for the ponies, deer, cattle and other animals that love to roam this area. In September we have Pannage where the pigs are let loose to eat the fallen acorns.
New Forest Attractions
The New Forest is home to some of the best attractions in the UK, we have listed some of our favourites here for you;
- The New Forest Wildlife Park
- The New Forest Water Park
- Beaulieu Motor Museum
- Paultons Park & Peppa Pig World
- Hurst Castle
- Exbury Gardens
Take a look at the near our parks section for more details of what this beautiful area has to offer.
New Forest Activities
The New Forest's diverse landscapes make it the perfect location for all. Whether you seek a heart racing horse ride of a leisurely stroll there is something for everyone. On land, the forest offers a vast range of paths and journeys for walking, running, cycling,horse riding and even some peaceful stops to take a rest from it all.
With access to both inland and coastal waters, the New Forest also offers a wealth of water sports, including; sailing, windsurfing and kayaking.
The New Forest Tour bus stops at Shorefield Country Park and Lytton Lawn Touring Park throughout summer to take passengers on a journey through New Forest landscapes.
New Forest Towns & Villages
When visiting the New Forest, its many picturesque towns and villages are not to be missed – from vibrant seaside towns to quaint villages nestled in the heart of the forest.
These little towns have rich histories, such as Lyndhurst, where William the Conqueror established his hunting grounds; Burley, where dragons and witches were fought; and Brockenhurst, home of the New Forest show and famous for its excellent transport links into the forest.
Shorefield Country Park and Lytton Lawn Touring Park are both near to the sea side towns of Lymington and Milford on Sea, where you can enjoy some of the finest food and most spectacular views in in the New Forest.
New Forest Walking & Cycling Routes
With a 40 miles of coast and 140 miles of tracks there are plenty of fantastic walks and cycling routes to be enjoyed. Our parks offer the perfect base to relax and stay before and after your adventure.
With the walking festival taking place annually you can enjoy some of the walks with like minded people, see our blog for details of what happened during the 2016 walking festival.
To enjoy your walking and cycling safely, there are plenty of off road tracks and low speed limit roads for you to take your time and can enjoy the views and free-roaming animals at your own leisure.