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Pony near Hampton Ridge
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For comprehensive information about the New Forest National Park
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Coastal walks and sandy beaches

Yachts moored at Keyhaven
Yachts moored at Keyhaven

Southampton Water to the east of the New Forest and the Solent to the south provide wonderful opportunities for sailing and wind surfing, walking, bird watching, sea-fishing and a whole lot more.

Meanwhile, Mudeford Quay, a little to the west, is a ‘crab-catchers’ paradise, and those intent on sand, sea and sun will not be disappointed for there are good, sandy beaches at nearby Friars Cliff - not far from Highcliffe, Mudeford, Hengistbury Head, Southbourne and Bournemouth.

For further information about many of these, and much more, take a look at the New Forest Coast and Days out a little farther afield.


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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 **
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley