New Forest Blog

Tick tips for walking in the New Forest

Planning a picnic, walk or outdoor activity in the magical New Forest? Then listen up, because we’ve got some helpful information on how to avoid an encounter with one of the New Forest’s least lovely inhabitants – ticks! Members of the arachnid family, ticks are tiny, spider-like insects the size…

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Top twilight spas in the New Forest

As the evenings grow gently darker and the lights start to twinkle, what better way to ease yourself into the new season than a tranquil Twilight Spa? Eventide is the perfect time to wind down, relax, and take some time to prep yourself for the busy autumn ahead. Here in the magical New Forest, we…

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Why cycling is great for you

There’s a huge list of reasons why cycling is so good for you – from improving your mental and physical wellbeing, to discovering more of ‘The Great Outdoors’. And where better to go on a bike ride than in the beautiful New Forest? Here’s some of our top reasons why cycling is great for you… It…

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5 top reasons to get outdoors and boost your mental wellbeing

There’s a whole host of reasons why being outdoors benefits your mental wellbeing. Now, with a whole new year of possibilities ahead of you, here are 5 of the best we know. * 1. Daylight. Yes, even on the dullest days, the big yellow thing in the sky is sending us many health and welfare benefits…

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How to unwind this winter

Cold? Tick. Rainy? Tick. Dark, and foggy? Tick and tick again. We know that winter in the UK can be all these things and, if you’re one of the estimated two million Brits who suffer with Seasonal Affective Disorder, it sometimes may not be the most wonderful time of the year. So, this winter, why…

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Connect with nature in the New Forest

Did you know that spending just two hours a week in the green or blue outdoors – or nature, as most of us call it – gives you a noticeable health and wellbeing boost? A 2019 study of 20,000 people by Exeter University concluded that people who spent just 120 minutes a week – either in one block or…

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Embrace the great outdoors

Here in the magical New Forest, we’ve been embracing the Great Outdoors for many years! Now, with the long days and warm nights of Summer 2022, it’s your turn – here’s how to do it. Walk or run? Stepping out on a walk is still the cheapest and easiest way to enjoy all the amazing things we have to…

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Benefits of being by the water

It’s been called ‘Blue Mind’ – the wonderful effect that you get from being by water – and with more than 40 miles of coast, plus rivers, streams, ponds and lakes here in the magical New Forest, we couldn’t agree more. The concept of Blue Mind was discussed by marine biologist Wallace J Nichols in…

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Autumn Skin Care: How to Protect Yourself in Cold Weather

Chilly mornings, shorter days, and falling leaves, Autumn has officially arrived. But while cosy jumpers, and hot chocolate might be on the horizon, the cooler climate often doesn’t bode well for our skin. The colder weather can take its toll, and many people suffer from dry, cracked skin during the…

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Top 10 reasons to visit the New Forest from late September onwards

September, October and November are often referred to as the New Forest’s ‘shoulder months’. With the area being less busy, it’s a great time to get away and discover the tranquillity and beauty of our National Park and surrounding areas without the crowds you’d expect in the summer months. Here are…

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