New Forest National Park
So Much to See and Do
Taking some time with the family is so important throughout our lives. You can replace anything in your life, but you can never get back time with the ones you love, therefore you should take every opportunity to get out and see the world with your family. There is no better way to see something new and different while spending that precious time than within a national park. If you are looking for the perfect location to get away from it all, New Forest National Park is the answer. This 150-square mile park is relatively new as it has only been sanctioned as a national park since 2005, but it has been a true attraction for visitors who come back again and again to experience the tranquil beauty of this national park. Here are some of the things you can expect to see on your next visit.
Have a Walk
Walking and hiking is a great way to promote a healthy lifestyle. Apart from an excellent form of exercise, it allows people to see the world from a slower pace than they are used to. Hiking or having a leisurely walk through New Forest National Park is a famed activity due to the many animals that can be seen along the way. Some of the most elusive animals are best viewed in the early morning hours just after the park opens for the day, so arrive early if you want to see the most animals.
In New Forest National Park your walk or hike does not have to be a solo activity either. There are a number of groups that frequently walk in the park, so if you are going to be a frequent visitor, take the time to get to know some people with one of these group walks. If your visit is going to be a rare occurrence, but you want to get the most out of the experience, have a ranger take you on a guided tour. They know where all the best places are and they are sure to keep you and your loved ones safe throughout the hike.
Have a Round of Golf
Visiting a national park comes with certain expectations. We understand that there will be nature trails that wind through the park and a myriad of other activities, but those activities do not always include a game of golf. If you are among the many that enjoy a round of gold, you can fuel your passion at New Forest National Park. There is also not one, but four full sized courses to choose from, so no matter how many times you visit, you will never get bored with your golfing experience. Choose from Bramshaw Golf Club, New Forest Golf Club, Brockenhurst Manor Golf Club, and Burley Golf Club.
RC Flying Area
New Forest National Park is full of surprises. There is something for everyone here and that includes those that enjoy flying RC Planes. It is not permitted to simply fly these aircrafts in any area of the park, but there are designated areas that are specifically designed to allow RC enthusiasts to indulge their passion.
You do need to have a special permit in order to fly RC Planes, but for a minuscule fee of £5 you are able to fly your aircraft at any time all year long, so this is one activity that is relatively inexpensive provided that you already have the aircraft. There are also specialized areas within the park for those that prefer RC boating as well so no one is ever left out at New Forest National Park.
What About the Weather
In some national parks the weather can quickly drain your ability to have fun. The rangers at New Forest National Park know that the weather is something that cannot be controlled, but they never let the rain damper their activities as there are many indoor activities within the park. On the south-eastern corner of the park there is an area filled with indoor activities including indoor track cycling and rock climbing. This is also the area to go if you enjoy yachting or windsurfing, so it is a good spot to keep in mind during your visit.
Things to Know
In New Forest National Park, you will be pleased to know that there are no general admission fees. There may be parking fees depending on where you choose to park, but they are quite minimal. Camping fees are required at the park and should you decide to make your trip during peak tourist seasons, you may want to make a reservation well in advance to ensure you get a spot for the night. Remember to always clean your campsite thoroughly before leaving to keep the park in good order and as always, keep your distance from the animals to ensure their safety as well as your own.
An historic royal hunting forest, where ancient woodlands and open heathland have commoning rights for grazing ponies, cattle and pigs.
Key areas of interest
- Ponies, cows and pigs on the open forest
- Ancient trees, some over 1000 years old
- A coastline of shingle, saltmarsh, lagoons and mudflats, with a strong maritime heritage
- Less than an hour from Southampton, Bournemouth and Salisbury