The New Forest National Park lies between the coastal cities of Southampton and Bournemouth on the south coast of England. It is an expanse of forest, heath, ponds and grassland, formerly the playground of kings. Today, it is a popular recreational area for lovers of outdoor pursuits.
Ramblers and walk can be spotted down the forest trails, cyclists on the roads through the forest, anglers at Hatchet Pond and the occasional horse rider. The wild New Forest ponies wander where the urge takes them although carefully sited cattle grids keep them from wandering out of the national park.
Rent a holiday lodge or cottage in the New Forest area to enjoy a most pleasant self-catering break for a week or weekend. Get close to nature and have a wild discovery time.
Surprising aspects of the New Forest
Walking through the forest, visitors are taken aback by the sight of giant Redwoods in amongst the statuesque Douglas fir trees. These were planted by Queen Victoria and are quite remarkable.
Visiting the villages of the New Forest is a real pleasure, each visit a journey of discovery. There is an amazing communal garden in Beaulieu where interesting plants such as gourds grow on the sunny walls and the imaginative planting is overseen by a horticulturist from Colombia. Do explore the New Forest villages and marvel at the period cottages, enjoy lunch in the coffee shops and eateries.