Destination: New Forest
National Park region on South Coast of England
New Forest Tours with Great British Trips
Introducing New Forest
The New Forest was only designated a National Park in 2005, but the forest is far from new. As far back as 1079 William the Conqueror designated the area as a Royal Forest for private hunting, and at the time people were forced to leave their settlements. As well as taller trees, there are large areas of lowland habitats, including bogs and heath land which provide for a wealth of flora and fauna. Today ponies graze on wild heaths speckled with purple heather and wild deer flit beneath gnarled oak and beech trees. Streams flow to the wide expanse of the Solent where forest meets shining sea. But there's more to the New Forest than natural beauty – thatched villages, inviting pubs and a real sense of history combine with watersports, scenic walking and cycling to make one of Britain's most enchanting and varied destinations. There are also some charming villages lying in or bordering the New Forest. Lyndhurst, the largest village is a popular tourist location with many interesting shops, cafes, pubs and hotels. Bucklers Hard became an important ship building village, using timber from the New Forest.
Want to visit New Forest?
Region: South West England
Time to spend here: 1/2 - 1 day
More Information: www.thenewforest.co.uk
What's nearby? Southampton, Portsmouth, Winchester, South Coast, Isle of Wight
What transport do you recommend? A sightseeing bus is a great way to get around if you don't have your own transport.
Did you know? The New Forest has its own section in the Domesday Book, first recorded in 1086.