The New Forest is a beautiful National Park and holiday destination in Southern England, jam-packed with exciting activities. Whether you want to explore with family, friends, pets or significant other, there’s something for everyone in the New Forest.
There’s an endless list of attractions, ranging from markets, shows, pubs and even a day of family fun at Peppa Pig World. Filled with beautiful scenery, the New Forest is also the perfect place to take your TentBox and book a camping trip.
Here are 7 reasons why you should travel to the New Forest.
Fantastic walking routes
There are over 40 beautiful walking trails in the New Forest. These walks are a great way to explore all of the New Forest’s beautiful sights.
On these trails, you’ll encounter lots of free-roaming animals, as well as an array of beautiful flora and fauna. Trail lengths vary from short and leisurely to long and adventurous.
This means the New Forest’s walking trails are great for slow walkers, fast walkers, families and even pets.
Some of the most popular walking routes in the New Forest include:
Delectable fine dining restaurants
In the mood for food? The New Forest is the home of world-class restaurants, including:
Lime Wood features Hartnett Holder & Co is an upmarket Italian restaurant dreamed up by renowned chefs Luke Holder and Angela Hartnett. The menu includes a range of Italian influenced dishes, fused with both chefs’ signature styles. All of the ingredients are locally sourced, so be sure to check our Hartnett Holder & Co for a taste of The New Forest.
If you are a lover of fine dining, the Chewton Glen is the spot for you.
This cosmopolitan restaurant serves a bit of everything, and the flavour combinations will ignite your palette.
Set in lush New Forest surroundings, you’ll get to soak in the beauty of the National Park as you dine.
The Pig offers a truly unique dining experience. With a forager and kitchen gardener on hand, your food comes straight from your surroundings onto your plate. Hence, the menus at The Pig are ever-changing based on the natural produce. If you enjoy kitchen garden food, dining at The Pig is an unmissable experience.
Those who love a pub classic will be delighted to hear that the New Forest has some great country pubs. Especially during the colder seasons, there’s nothing more warming and comforting than a hearty pub meal. Some classic pubs in the New Forest include: The Mill at Gordleton, The New Forest Inn and The Trusty Servant Inn.
New Forest ponies
If you love animals, then you will adore the majestic New Forest ponies.
These ponies have lived on the land for over 2000 years, and their grazing is said to aid the growth of “rare plant species including wild gladiolus and chamomile”.
You’ll be able to spot these ponies all over the New Forest, but it’s important not to touch them, as whilst they seem friendly, they are unpredictable animals who like their space. However, these ponies don’t mind if you watch them from afar, and they are truly a beautiful sight.
Loads of stunning open space
The New Forest also has lots of exquisite open space, which is perfect for people who love to wander and explore. This space is also great for those who want to enjoy a delicious picnic whilst taking in the beautiful sights of the New Forest.
The New Forest has over 140 miles of car-free approved cycle trails, making it the perfect destination for a cycling trip. Hire a bike or bring along your own and follow a beautiful cycling trail. Whether you’re cycling solo or with your friends and family, there are tracks for everyone.
Some of the most popular cycling tracks include:
- The Old Railway (9 miles)
- Ride to The Old Station Tea Rooms (6.34 miles)
- Ashurst to Lyndhurst Loop (14 miles)
A good range of camping sites
The New Forest also has a wonderful range of camping sights for you to set up your TentBox. Camping is perfect for those who love to immerse themselves in beautiful sceneries and become one with nature. Camping is also a great bonding experience for families and friends. And for those who love travelling solo, the New Forest is a beautiful place to get lost in your thoughts.
To camp in The New Forest, you need to book a campsite, as since it is a National Park, you’re not allowed to camp wherever you please. For campsite information, head to the official New Forest site.
The New Forest is a destination that all nature-lovers should add to their bucket list. There is so much to do and explore, making it a wonderful place to bring your Tent Box.
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