The New Forest is located in south-west Hampshire, close to the south coast. It contains a magnificent variety of scenery and has relatively recently been designated the New Forest National Park. The New Forest is also unique in modern Britain - an ancient hunting ground with many special characteristics that have survived largely intact.
Ponies and donkeys wander along many New Forest village streets, whilst all the villages offer easy access to the beautiful landscapes of the open Forest. Shops of all descriptions are also available and there is a wide choice of pubs, restaurants and tea rooms.
Check out our villages pages for lots more information.
The New Forest offers marvellously unrestricted access for relaxation, walking and exploration using many miles of gravel tracks and countless other little-used paths. Included here are details of 17 New Forest walks, each accompanied by its own comprehensive route map, full directions and information about the wildlife and other things of interest.
Cycling provides a wonderful experience for all. Travel through breathtaking countryside and absorb the atmosphere of this historic landscape - 10 cycle rides are fully detailed here.
There is always much to do in the New Forest, whatever the weather - take a look at our What's on guide for further information.
The New Forest is an ideal destination for day visits, weekends and longer holidays, whilst historic towns and cities are also relatively nearby and so are safe, sandy beaches - details of New Forest Attractions, New Forest Activities and Days Out a little farther afield are in the Days Out guide.
New Forest wildlife is of international importance. Deer can regularly be seen, butterflies are at times abundant, and so are dragonflies and damselflies. Look out also for wild flowers and a variety of birds. Use our Wildlife guide to discover what you are likely to see in the New Forest.
The New Forest boasts a wide variety of pubs, most of which serve excellent food and drink - many are featured in our local Pub guide.
Evidence of long and varied history can often be found in this aged landscape, including Bronze Age barrows, Iron Age hill forts and much else - check out our History and heritage guide for further information.
Here, ponies, donkeys, cattle and autumnal pigs wander freely, continuing centuries-old commoning traditions that were once widespread over much of England - common rights, both past and present, are outlined in the Common rights section.
Use the New Forest Explorers Guide to catch up with the local news, details of traffic conditions and weather forecasts.
Places to stay are readily available, for there are many high quality hotels, guest houses and B&Bs from which to choose; and also caravan and campsites.
Use the 'Quick links' at the bottom of every page to access the very latest in mapping technology. Conventional maps are provided and so are satellite images, street maps that show terrain details, and 3D representations.
Then for those with an interest in things historical, contained within the History and heritage section will be found a range of old maps dating back to the late 18th century, maps that show the New Forest exactly as it was in those far off days.
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