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Cheap self-catering breaks in the New Forest


Holiday accommodation in the New Forest can be quite expensive. Stay a short drive outside the national park and prices are a good bit lower. Alternatively, take your tent and go camping on one of the ten established camp sites in the heart of the New Forest. See

Holiday cottages in the New Forest are the most comfortable accommodation on offer and most are in tranquil settings.

One real blessing inside the New Forest itself is that parking is free in the numerous car parks for day visitors. It is not permitted to stay overnight.

Lots of people come to walk the various trails, to see the wild ponies and tall trees. An image taken on the Tall Tree Trail is shown on the left and includes two of the impressive redwoods. Douglas firs are the other species of tall tree that can be viewed along this trail. Great mounds of pine needles have created hillocks at the foot of each tree that are home to ant colonies.


cottages to rent in the New Forest for self-catering breaks

take bicycles to cycle in the New ForestThe New Forest commons and glades

People picnic on the grassy commons, have barbecues and play games such as frisbee or football. The ponies tend to shy away from people although occasionally venture close enough for photographs.

Lots of people arrive with their own bicycles although it is possible to hire them in various towns such as Burley and Brockenhurst. See Bringing own bicycles keeps the cost of the trip low, especially if holidaymakers come prepared with their own picnics. People renting holiday cottages have the means to prepare sandwiches or a picnic on a daily basis.

pony trekking in the New ForestOne extravagance that is worth the money is New Forest ice cream. Taste their ginger ice cream or salted caramel and you'll find yourself looking for stockists all over the New Forest.

Most holidaymakers walk in the forest exploring the various trails, others cycle or go pony trekking. A trek across the traffic free heaths is a pleasure for all concerned.


Cycling in the New Forest can be a challenge for the whole family

A cycle ride in the New Forest is a good gauge of fitness. Lots of people have cycled in the past and think that because one never forgets how to, it will be a breeze. The terrain may appear flat but your calves will soon let you know that you're climbing a hill. At least the scenery is wonderful if you do have to get off and walk.

keep costs low on a ew Forest breakKeep costs low:

Bring own bikes

Walk if you do not own bikes

Bring a picnic and drinks

Camp or stay outside the New Forest itself and drive in every day


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