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Pony near Hampton Ridge
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Days out a little farther afield

Whilst the New Forest is a wonderful place to stay, it also makes a superb centre for exploring more widely: for walking along the Solent Way on the nearby coast, relaxing on sandy beaches or travelling to Dorset's seaside resorts and attractions. Delightful, out-of-the-way country villages, and historic towns and cities are within easy travelling distance, and so is the still imposing ruined castle at Corfe.

Included here are many suggestions for a wide variety of places to visit, and all within a 35 mile drive of Lyndhurst, the unofficial 'centre' of the New Forest.

Bournemouth - sea, sand, sun, shops and a whole lot more
Breamore - an absolutely delightful Avon valley village
Brownsea Island - a boat trip, a variety of walks, red squirrels and sika deer
Christchurch - an ever-popular coastal town with ancient priory and castle
Corfe Castle - an absolute gem set amidst the Purbeck countryside
Downton - one of Wiltshire's most picturesque villages, and so close to the New Forest
Fordingbridge - a pleasant town beside the River Avon
Hengistbury Head - sea, sand, history, walks and magnificent views
Hurst Spit and Hurst Castle - Isle of Wight views, a historic castle, and a boat trip or a wonderful walk
Isle of Wight - a journey back in time: so near, yet so different
Keyhaven - an ancient quay that is now a haven for walkers and wildlife
Lymington - coastal delights and Georgian splendour
Mudeford Quay - nautical traditions and a crab catchers' delight
Ringwood - a historic market town nestled in the Avon valley
Romsey - a historic Test valley town
Salisbury - a wonderful cathedral city that never disappoints
Southampton - medieval town walls, 21st century shopping and a whole lot more
Shell Bay and Studland - panoramic views; a pristine, sandy beach; and a National Nature Reserve
Swanage - a marvellously traditional seaside resort
Winchester - an 11th century cathedral, museums and markets aplenty, and all the trappings of a modern city
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** New Forest ponies and other animals**
The New Forest
Commoners' ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene, but during 2019 agisters attended 159 road traffic accidents involving these animals, a small but disappointing increase on the 154 accidents attended in 2018.

Sadly, 58 animals were killed - 35 ponies, 13 cows, 8 donkeys and 2 sheep, whilst a further 32 were injured - 3 pigs, 9 donkeys, 11 cows and 9 ponies.

(Forty-three accidents occurred in daylight, 15 at twilight and 101 in the dark. Twenty-seven accidents were not reported by the driver involved).

Here's just one horrific example - Three donkeys killed in collision with van at notorious New Forest blackspot (Advertiser and Times)
** Always take care when driving **
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Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
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