New Forest National Park
New Forest National Park
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About
The New Forest National Park is truly unique. It’s a ‘world capital’ for wildlife with a huge diversity of rare plants and animals– one of the reasons why it was made a National Park in 2005. A place of outstanding natural beauty, the unique landscape is shaped by the grazing of ponies, cattle and pigs that roam freely. These animals may appear wild, but they are owned by people called commoners. One of the last places in southern England to offer a sense of wildness and tranquillity, it’s a wonderful area to explore on foot, horseback, or by bike. Indeed William the Conqueror, who set aside the ‘New Forest’ for hunting more than 900 years ago, would probably recognise much of it today.
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  • Tom J
    London, United Kingdom1,686 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for walks
    Lots of different walking trails, towns and horses of course. Go for a wander and see if you can see the wild horses. Try out some of the cafes, most places have free parking but some of the towns charge a small fee for an hour or so parking.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 11, 2023
  • NorthStar02013996087
    Sheffield, United Kingdom14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely walk to see lots of animals
    Visited the Moor near Brockhurst Village. Walked for an hour and saw at least 12 horses grazing peacefully, we were careful not to get too close so as not to disturb them. Then went into Brockhurst village for lunch in a lovely little cafe.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 17, 2024
  • Paula A
    Maidstone, United Kingdom292 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful scenery and rare opportunity to see ponies and donkey roaming free.
    We took the day to just drive around all the little roads within the park and stopped in Brockenhurst for a walk. The countryside is stunning and it is wonderful to see all the ponies, donkeys and cattle roaming freely. Its a beautiful place to visit.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 2, 2024
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Bluebellplasnewydd
Cardiff, UK1,964 contributions
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Jun 2021
The New Forrest covers a wide area and can be explored on food, cycle or by car. Woods and streams are present as well as common land. It is best to stay there to make the most of it but even a diversion on your car trip to the West Country will enable you to appreciate it. Beware that the roads and towns get very crowded with traffic queues common. You may be lucky to see deer and ponies.
Written June 14, 2021
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Walshy Travels 🇬🇧
Portsmouth, UK4,806 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Brokenhurst is a lovely village on the edge of the New Forest and is a great place to stop at for an explore as a day trip. A few lovely pubs and restaurants in the area along with a cafe and convenient stores. From the train station a 10 minute walk will see you into the park surrounded by wild ponies and nature.
Written August 14, 2021
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Teesdale
Barnard Castle, UK30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
Went for a long weekend, hired bikes for a day which I would highly recommend - there is a very good selection of well maintained gravel forest trails which are well marked with pre made route plans available.
The area is very quiet and tranquil outside of the main towns.
I did feel that after 2 days I had seen pretty much everything that was there to be seen.
Written October 29, 2021
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Kim
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Solo
I highly recommend coming to visit the New Forest because you have everything you desire in short driving disrance. There are plenty of walks, picnic areas, shops, villages, towns, seaside, beaches, woodlands, car parks and a theme park. Fantastic place, will be sad to leave.
Written May 13, 2021
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KELJ_5734
Buckingham, UK31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We’ve just had a weekend away in the New Forest which was further spiced up with Storm Ciara. With two children Under 10 we spent all of Saturday walking, weather beautiful and the landscape beautiful. Plenty for the children to run free and explore. So much to absorb and breathe in. Everyone we came across was friendly and acknowledging. Felt good to be alive, fresh air, awesome parks, animals and bird spotting to boot. Was a weekend full of lovely memories. Will definitely be back
Written February 9, 2020
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Paul B
Nottingham, UK665 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
We chose to holiday in The New Forest when our cruise around the Med was cancelled. It more than made up for our disappointment. Beautiful landscape and peaceful and relaxing. Plenty of wildlife to enjoy everywhere. I see some people complaining about the levels of traffic and places being busy but they forget they are adding to the issue. Just accept the situation and don't overlook enjoying the beauty around you. There are dozens of free small car parks where you can park up and walk for miles. We visited around 10 during our stay across the forest and they were never crowded.
Written September 19, 2020
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sue y
Oxford, UK443 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
We passed through this gem of a place. I was completely captivated, seeing the ponies, donkeys and cattle roaming freely. We were on the way to and from the Beaulieu Motor Museum as a birthday treat for my partner. I just couldn't get over how beautiful this place was, so tranquil, like going back in time. Because of the time of year that we went, the hustle and bustle wasn't there. I would expect on a warmer day and during the summer this place would get very busy. I think you could spend a while day in this area and still not see everything.
Written November 12, 2021
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Tom J
London, UK1,686 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Lots of different walking trails, towns and horses of course.

Go for a wander and see if you can see the wild horses.

Try out some of the cafes, most places have free parking but some of the towns charge a small fee for an hour or so parking.
Written August 11, 2023
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Chris F
Christchurch, UK116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The New Forest is far from new so don't be put off by the name! The whole of the New Forest areas has wooded and heathland habitiats. It is home to many free ranging aninmals, including the ubuiquitous New Forest Ponies which roam throughout the forest. It's great to visit any time of year, there is always something to see, do or explore. There are many small villages and a few larger towns. There are restaurants from the small cafe to Michelin starred and a whole lot of country pubs. Many of the towns and villages still have the look that they may have had decades, if not centuries ago. Always worth visiting!
Written January 9, 2020
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Michellechampers
England, UK3,676 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
I am very lucky that I only live 25 miles from the new forest, but even if you live further away, it’s worth the drive, and if visiting Hampshire or Dorset I think it’s definitely worth a visit, Ringwood has some lovely places for lunch or dinner, and Lymington is a wonderful sea side town, but there are so many places to visit, with train stations in a few. The kids often mark of the animals they see on a day trip, pigs, Rabbits, cows, donkeys, ponies and deer they love it. With so many good old fashioned English pubs in the forest you will be spoiled for choice if you fancy a drink.
Written January 15, 2023
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