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New Forest ponies ignore no stopping signs
New Forest ponies on Beaulieu High Street
turn their backs on the 'No Stopping' sign

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.

New Forest villages

Ponies and donkeys wander along many 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 - our Village guide provides details.

New Forest walks

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 seventeen New Forest walks, each accompanied by its own comprehensive route map, full directions and information about the wildlife and other things of interest.

New Forest cycling

Cycling provides a wonderful experience for all. Travel through breathtaking countryside and absorb the atmosphere of this historic landscape - ten Cycle rides are fully detailed here.

What’s on?

There is always much to do in the New Forest, whatever the weather - check out our What's on guide for further information.

Days out in the New Forest and farther afield

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 are in the Days out guide.

Wildlife watch

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 - the New Forest wildlife section provides full details.

Time to enjoy a drink at one of the many local pubs
Time to enjoy a drink at one
of the many local pubs

Local pubs

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.

Heritage aplenty

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 Heritage guide for further information.

Common rights and the world famous ponies

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.

Local news, traffic and weather

Use the New Forest Explorers Guide to catch up with the local news, details of traffic conditions and weather forecasts - News, traffic, weather.

Commoners' cattle at Swan Green
Commoners' cattle
at Swan Green

Places to stay

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 - Places to stay.

New Forest maps, both new and old

Use the link here - Map of the New Forest and surrounding area - and within 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 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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New Forest ponies
New Forest ponies in the road
New Forest ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene and an important element of the local economy. But 65 were killed and 18 injured on the roads in 2012. Always take care, then, when driving.
New Forest 'what's on' - a small
selection of local events and activities
November 2014
Saturday 8th - Brockenhurst Village Hall: A Night at the Races (in aid of Naomi House Children's Hospice).
Friday 14th - Christmas Fair at Palace House, Beaulieu.
Saturday 15th - Grandma's Attic Fair, Lyndhurst Community Centre.
Thursday 27th - Christmas Lights switch-on, Lyndhurst High Street.

December 2014
Saturday 6th - Christmas Bazaar, Burley Village Hall.
Friday 12th - Cinema (Maleficant, PG), Brockenhurst Village Hall.
Saturday 13th - Christmas Fun Day, Lyndhurst (from 10.00 am and then on through the day).
Wednesday 17th - Christmas Walking Safari - a gentle 2½ mile meander with the Forestry Commission.

View the full 'What's on' programme.
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley