The New Forest
The historic New Forest covers over 200 square miles and became a National Park in 2005, however it's history is much older with it first being designated a Royal Forest in 1079. It is one of the largest heath land and forest areas remaining in Southern England.
Ponies, donkeys, cattle and deer still roam free and during pannage season in the autumn are joined by pigs who are released to eat the acorns that are poisonous to the horses.
It is a popular destination for walking and cycling and offers a varied landscape with open heath land, dense forest, lakes and rivers. Grab a map and get exploring!
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Featured holiday parks
The New Forest is lucky to have a wide range of holidays parks within easy reach. Offering everything from peaceful forest retreats to busy action packed family friendly parks with plenty of facilities. Accommodation on offer varies from luxury top tub lodges, treehouses to bringing your own tent and camping out! Here are a few of our favourites.
Top New Forest Towns & Villages
Lyndhurst is often referred to as the gateway to the New Forest. Not far from Southampton, this is where the New Forest begins for many. Full of independent shops, cafes and restaurants it's the perfect place for a wander. Famous for it's Ferrari garage and easy access to directly into the New Forest National Park for walk. Lyndhurst is home to the New Forest Heritage Centre, which tells the fascinating history of the forest and well worth a visit - it is free entry (although donations are very welcome)