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discover the delights of the new forest

Discover the New Forest

People who live here will tell you that the New Forest is a lively, working landscape with many secrets to discover. The only way to reveal the New Forest's hidden gems and truly appreciate the sights, sounds and smells of the forest is to get out there and explore. Try to escape from the confines of the car and head out on foot, bicycle or on horseback to get a more intimate feel of the forest, its coast and villages.

The New Forest is a genuine walker's paradise with many circular and linear routes. There are many picnic sites with toilet facilities, all of which are carefully sited to allow visitors safe and easy access to a variety of forest landscapes. All year round there are guided walks where local experts will tell you about the history, geology, wildlife and folklore beneath your feet. You can even explore the forest on ranger-led New Forest events. The New Forest is a fantastic place for cycling with miles and miles of traffic free off-road tracks leading you right into the heart of the forest with few hills to worry about so come and discover the New Forest for yourself.

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Discover more about the wildlife in the New Forest. From the famous New Forest ponies to the roaming pigs during Pannage season as well as the creepy crawlies.
In 1079 William The Conqueror named the area his ‘Nova Foresta'. Discover more about the history of the New Forest from Buckler's Hard where ships for Nelson's fleet were built, to the grave of Alice in Wonderland.
The New Forest provides a variety of stunning locations with idyllic backdrops for any wedding.
The New Forest has a wealth of high quality locally produced food and drink ready and waiting for you to get your teeth into
Visitors to the New Forest have the choice of pretty villages in the heart of the forest or bustling seaside towns.
The New Forest is home to 193,000 acres of unspoilt heathland and ancient woodland. With endless walking routes that will twist and turn through vibrant gorse, imposing woodland and bubbling streams.
Cycling in the New Forest is ideal for families wanting safe off road and gentle cycle routes, where you will experience the open heathland and sheltered woods.
Explore, experience, and discover the beauty of the New Forest National Park on horseback.