THE New Forest offers the very best of England – with 300 square miles of idyllic woods and open moorland, charming towns and villages and 43 miles of wonderful coastline.
Activities range from romantic walks to full-on family fun with high quality accommodation to match – from back-to-nature campsites to world-class hotels.
There is so much to choose from . . . so why go anywhere else?
Idyllic glades of ancient woodland where ponies, cattle and deer roam over wild heathland is the quintessentially English image evoked by the New Forest.
The National Park is only 90 minutes from London Waterloo and yet a million miles away from day-to-day life in terms of pure escapism for a short break or family holiday.
The natural seasons are key times to plan a visit – from crisp, clear winter walks with leaves crunching underfoot on the forest floor to the first wash of colour with spring bluebells bursting through to the dappled sunlight of lazy summer days. Every season has its own special treasures to explore and different ways in which to enjoy them.
The New Forest is a walker’s paradise, mile upon mile of car-free woodland paths criss-cross the National Park through spectacular scenery and riverside rambles that get you close to nature.
See the only working tide mill left in Britain or for the more adventurous, New Forest Activities have a range of water sports on the Beaulieu River. Progressive Resources can arrange open sea adventures from RIB fun to sailing trips on skippered luxury yachts. Go Ape’s extreme high-wire forest fun is not easily forgotten, while more leisurely sport is provided by an enviable selection of golf courses for beginners through to the more experienced.
Whether the aim of your trip is relaxation or discovery, everything is on your doorstep. The natural beauty of 18th Century riverside ship-building village of Buckler’s Hard is a step back in time to a slower lifestyle. While other postcard-perfect towns and villages nestled in the heart of the New Forest are ripe for discovery, with lots of home-grown arts and crafts and a friendly tea room round every corner.