Throughout the New Forest you can find pretty much anything that you might want to do and something to suit all ages of the family. With 134 car parks scattered throughout the National Park – you can stop in so many places and go for stroll, take a picnic or have play around. There are considerable cycle, hiking/walking trails, museums and historical sites that can be visited.
There are also many guided tours walking tours are available to help you make the most of your experience here. While one can drive through many parts of the forest, you will then miss out on some of the striking natural beauty to be seen whilst on one of the ranger-guided walks, or even horseback or bicycle tours if you prefer.
Expert guides can inform you about the natural marvels of the park, with walking tours given by wildlife experts, geologists and more throughout the year. No matter when you plan to take a holiday, there is always something to see, as events seem to happen somewhere in the park every single day of the year!
Throughout many of the guided tours and walks – the experienced ranger or tour guide will offer some history about the places you are visiting. Bucklers Hard for example was where Admiral Nelson’s fleet was built. The forest as you can imagine has a lot of history about it including formerly being the hunting ground of kings.
The visitors centre has information and ideas for travellers visiting the park, and the town itself is where Alice Lidell, inspiration for Alice in Wonderland lived. With the forest’s many miles of coastline and rivers, there are many aquatic attractions to be seen as well. Water sports such as kayaking may be enjoyed, along with boat trips from which one can see many historical sites.
The wildlife lover can quite literally have a field day walking around the park. Its status as a wildlife preserve means that there are many animal species here to be observed in their natural habitats. One of the best way to observe them is on one of the multitude of walks, whether guided or solitary in nature.
Amongst all the wildlife you will find deer in abundance hiding out in the depth of the trees. You might come across a herd of cows blocking your path in the road with all the time in the day and not bothering to let you pass. Horses and pony’s wandering aimlessly across the village green. This is life in the New Forest and just a tiny part of the beauty that this park has to offer.
Exbury Gardens in the New Forest although not a forest walk is a beautiful place to visit. The Gardens are situated in 200 acres and there are many miles of wonderful walkways. This is well worth a visit if you can fit it in during your trip.
If your planning a trip to the New Forest and plan to stay over night there is a good variety of New Forest cottages in the region where you can stay which can be found on the New Forest guides website.
Also while you are in the area make sure you visit the nearby city of Southampton which is renowned for its shopping experience and museums.