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Bolderwood deer sanctuary
Pony near Hampton Ridge
For comprehensive information about the New Forest National Park
For comprehensive information about the New Forest National Park
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New Forest days out - an introduction

Burley village offers just one of many enjoyable days out
Burley village offers just
one of many enjoyable days out

Visitors to the New Forest will find much to do that will help make their stay more enjoyable including a wide range of varied attractions to visit and activities for all the family to experience (many of which do not require the payment of an admission fee).

And whilst the New Forest is a wonderful place to stay, it also makes a superb centre for exploring more widely within nearby parts of Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset.

So included here - as days out farther afield - are many suggestions for places to visit that are within a 35 mile drive of Lyndhurst, the unofficial 'centre' of the New Forest.

New Forest attractions
(The New Forest Centre, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey, the National Motor Museum, Buckler's Hard, the New Forest Deer Sanctuary and many more).
New Forest activities
(Barbecues, horse riding facilities, sport and recreation centres, walks beside idyllic streams, watching cricket on the village green and more).
Days Out farther afield
(Visits to the Isle of Wight and to historic nearby cities, charming country villages, impressive castles, extensive sandy beaches and many more).
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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