Things To Do in the New Forest
The New Forest, one of England’s oldest remaining forests created by William the Conqueror. Now officially a National Park it encompasses large tracts of unenclosed wood, heath and grassland and supports a huge diversity of wildlife.
There is so much to see and do in the New Forest, for those who love to be active or outdoors, the New Forest's diverse landscape makes it the perfect place to enjoy fresh air and exercise with 140 miles of woodland track. There are also plenty of historic houses and gardens, and for those who love a beach, the stunning New Forest coastline is home to some of the best beaches in the UK - perfect for a day of family seaside fun, or a refreshing coastal walk taking in breath-taking views of the Isle of Wight.
Families can enjoy adventure theme parks, wildlife sanctuaries, castles, museums, and countless walks, cycle routes, and bridal paths.For eating and drinking there’s a vast selection of high quality places to eat and drink in the New Forest, whether you’re looking for a friendly café, a cosy country pub or an excellent restaurant.
New Forest Towns / Villages
The towns dotted around the New Forest each offer their own charms;
Lymington - a beautiful market town surrounded by outstanding natural beauty; and a world renowned sailing resort must be one of the loveliest towns in the country.
Brockenhurst is set in the heart of the New Forest, amid some of the loveliest unspoilt heath and woodland in the area; newcomers are often surprised to find themselves walking along village streets with ponies, cattle or donkeys!
Fordingbridge dates back to the middle ages and there is much history and mystery to be discovered in this area; from the infamous smuggler king to a roman villa and Elizabethan manor house.
Milford on Sea is a vibrant village on the south coast of the New Forest National Park with superb views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight and the famous Needles.
Beaulieu is a beautiful picturesque village abundant with fantastic things to do and see, from the world-renowned National Motor Museum to the spectacular Abbey and gardens.
Lyndhurst means “wooded hill growing with lime trees” and is the capital town of the New Forest.
Burley is an area of truly outstanding natural beauty - very peaceful and quiet.
Bramshaw is a perfect location for exploring beautiful forest and heath by foot or cycle. Coarse fishing is available close by at Whinwistle Lakes and watch for the ponies when on the golf course!
Keyhaven is a charming hamlet with the sea on one side and the forest the other, as well as the Keyhaven nature Reserve, a bird lover’s paradise. The Historic Hurst Castle can be accessed from the harbour via a ferry.
Pilley has ponies and cows roaming freely across the surrounding moorland and heathland.
Sway is a lovely residential village surrounded by heathland and woodland.
Christchurch attracts huge numbers of tourists every year to the town’s harbour, beaches & nature reserves.