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The new forest coast

Salt Marshes, sand, seabirds and spies. It's not what people normally associate with the New Forest because... it's a forest. Isn't it?

As well as the 193,000 acres of woodland in the New Forest, we also get to enjoy 40 miles of coastline. Used daily by families, dog walkers, visitors & so many more.

Enjoy far reaching views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight and the Needles from many of our Towns and Villages on the beautiful New Forest Coastline.

The history behind the coast is different to the stories about the rest of the New Forest... including interweaving nature, crime (smuggling), long-lost industry and the military as well as the popularity of its Western end as a beach destination.

The tranquility of this coast and the inaccessibility of much of the foreshore are what keep the wildlife coming back. This includes wildfowl, egrets, herons, birds of prey and, of course, the famous New Forest Ponies who can occasionally be glimpsed rolling in sand-patches on our isolated beaches. 

For those who want to get closer still, there are plenty of companies to help you make the most of this secret coast. Escape Yachting at Milford-on-Sea, Lymington Yacht Charters and Events will help you get on the water and New Forest Activities offer canoeing tours of Beaulieu River or sea kayaking.

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barton on sea

Situated at the eastern end of Christchurch Bay, this seaside village has outstanding views across the Solent and Isle of Wight with a good, safe beach. Barton-on-Seas’s prehistoric links and fossil beds add to its interest when walking the Solent Way.

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bucker's hard

This beautiful 18th century village on the banks of the Beaulieu River is where Lord Nelson’s favourite ship the Agammemnon was built. Enjoy the maritime museum and take a walk to Beaulieu village along the river and back – simply beautiful.

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You won’t often get a chance to see a working tide mill in action, so it’s worth a visit to the old quay where you’ll find the only working tidal mill in the world. There are good walks along the reed-lined river and Eling Church is one of the oldest in the New Forest.

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Enjoy a panoramic view of the boats and passing ocean liners from stylish Hythe Marina or walk around the attractive Victorian and Georgian buildings. Hythe's unique electric train that runs along the pier is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest working pier train in the world.

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Popular coastal country park located near Exbury; with over a mile of beach and pine fringed cliffs with stunning views across the Solent. Historic D-Day remains, wildflower meadows and children's play area - something for all the family to enjoy. Lepe is also a great place to take the dogs.

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Lymington is a beautiful Georgian market town full of quaint, interesting shops and boutiques. A cobbled lane at the bottom of the High Street leads down to the bustling Old Town Quay where fishing boats and yachtsmen mingle. You can also visit the near by secluded beach down Tanners Lane.

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milford on sea

Take in the wonderful views of Hurst Castle, the Needles and the Solent from this seaside village. The beach is perfect for fishing, swimming, walking and bird watching with lots of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants it’s a perfect place to relax.

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the beach bus

Climb aboard and head to the great Lepe Country Park. The Beach Bus also goes from Hythe Ferry to the Georgian market town of Lymington, stopping at popular attractions along the way. Running from 23 July to 29 August 2016.

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the new forest tour - blue route

This route will take you along the beautiful beaches and coastal scenery. Hop on board and travel through seaside Towns & Villages including Lymington, Milford-on-Sea, Barton-on-Sea and Keyhaven, home to Hurst Castle. Running from 25 June to 11 September 2016.

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