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The New Forest


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The New Forest

By Gemma Dalton, New Forest Living

The New Forest National Park is the perfect destination for families, couples, groups and individuals to come and enjoy the natural beauty the area has to offer.

Just 90 minutes from London, the unique landscape of The New Forest has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and donkeys which roam free.

Majestic woodlands, rare heathlands and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for relaxation, enjoyment and discovery. Explore over 145 square miles of beautiful ancient landscape and unwind alongside the abundant wildlife for a truly delightful and unique experience.


The New Forest offers an array of outdoor activities and has a network of over 100 miles of approved cycle routes, there are plenty of places the family can discover on bikes and still be back in time for tea on the terrace.

There’s a wealth of great walking routes available. The National Park authority website has printable route cards, perfect for the novice ambler and often with quaint tea rooms and traditional forest pubs on route.


The New Forest is bursting with great wildlife spotting opportunities, the New Forest ponies and donkeys still have the right of way and can be found walking nonchalantly along the village high streets – quite a sight if you’re not used to it! Many of New Forest Livings cottages have direct forest access with ponies grazing at the garden gate.

For the Children

If you are holidaying with children there are plenty of family friendly attractions across the new Forest, from Peppa Pig World to Wildlife Parks. It’s the perfect place to get nostalgic and make new memories. Take the children on an organised treasure trail or hire a walking guide to show you the best places to the local spot wildlife.  New Forest Living has a brilliant selection of child friendly holiday cottages, equipped with everything you need and handpicked by mums in the know.

For the Foodies

The New Forest has become a foodies delight with Michelin star restaurants and amazing traditional forest Inns. For a brilliant self catering holiday in the new Forest read our guide on where to shop and eat locally. Simply strolling around the New Forest villages will reveal some lovely shops and eateries.

Where to Stay

There are plenty of options for places to stay in the New Forest  whether you’re looking for a big house for family and friends or a romantic escape. From rural cottages with wild ponies at the garden gate, to beach retreats for exploring the beautiful beaches of the Solent, to Riverside boltholes and stylish village pads, New Forest Living has a superb collection of the most beautiful holiday properties in the area.  www.newforestliving.co.uk or call their friendly team of locals on 01590 427887 to help find your perfect New Forest holiday bolthole.