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Ashurst pubs

The Forest Inn (A)
The Forest Inn, Ashurst

Location: Lyndhurst Road, Ashurst - beside the A337 Lyndhurst Road, 1.5 kilometres north-east of the railway station

Postcode: SO40 7DU (for Sat Nav and Google Maps users)

Food: 12.00 noon - 9.00 pm

Garden: Yes

Accommodation: No

At the bar:

Ringwood Best
Ringwood Fortyniner
Sharp's Doom Bar
Hobgoblin
Flack's Double Drop
Guinness
Stowford Press Cider
Strongbow
Foster's
Beck’s Vier
Heineken

(All details as at May 2012)

The Happy Cheese (B)
The Happy Cheese, Ashurst

Location: Lyndhurst Road, Ashurst - beside the A337 Lyndhurst Road, 0.5 kilometres from the railway station

Postcode: SO40 7AR (for Sat Nav and Google Maps users)

Food: From 12.00 noon every day

Garden: Yes

Accommodation: No

At the bar:

Ringwood Best
Ringwood Fortyniner
Abbot Ale
Sharp's Doom Bar
Guinness
Strongbow
Beck’s Vier
Foster's

(All details as at April 2013)

The New Forest (C)
The New Forest, Ashurst

Location: Lyndhurst Road, Ashurst - beside the A337 Lyndhurst Road, adjacent to the railway station

Postcode: SO40 7AA (for Sat Nav and Google Maps users)

Food: Monday - Friday: 12.00 - 2.30 pm, 5.30 - 9.00 pm; Saturday: 12.00 - 9.00 pm; Sunday: 12.00 - 8.00 pm

Garden: Yes

Accommodation: No

New Forest, Ashurst - historical image
A glimpse of the past - The New Forest
as it was early in the 20th century

At the bar:

George Gale Spring Sprinter
Fuller’s London Pride
Fuller’s Honey Dew
Gales HSB
Guinness
Carlsberg
Veltins (Pilsner)
San Miguel
Foster's
Stowford Press Cider

(All details as at April 2013)

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** New Forest ponies and other animals**
New Forest ponies in the road
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).
** Always take care when driving **
New Forest seasonal highlights
July
Silver-washed fritillary butterflies brighten many woodland rides.
Bird song subsides as the annual moult begins, old worn feathers are cast off and new replacements grown.
Wild gladiolus plants bloom. (In the UK, this species is found only in the New Forest).
Dragonflies and Damselflies take to the wing in ever increasing numbers.

August
Heather blossom produces huge swathes of heathland colour, adding to the pinks and purples of earlier flowering cross-leaved heath and bell heather.
Fallow, red and sika deer antlers, when fully grown, are cleaned of velvet in preparation for the autumn rut.
New Forest pony drifts - the annual round-ups - begin.
Marsh gentian blooms add splashes of blue to some of the wetter heathlands.
The Glorious New Forest
New Forest ponies in the road
New Forest ponies in the road
Marvellous landscapes, marvellous wildlife
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley