Looking for some inspirational family fun ideas? Try the New Forest National Park where you can enjoy seaside fun, cycling and a range of watersports.
Throughout the summer holidays you can travel around using the New Forest Tour for an open top bird’s eye view of the Forest’s villages and landscape. Choose from three scenic routes taking you around ancient landscapes, picture postcard villages and popular attractions. Hop-on and off as much as you like all day, take your bikes on board and enjoy discounts for attractions on the routes.
Coastal fun at Lepe Country Park
Lepe Country Park has over a mile of beautiful coastline which provides the perfect opportunity to take a tranquil stroll and admire the stunning views that can be seen across the Solent and over to the Isle of Wight. Watch the windsurfers skimming the water, the boats sailing out of the Beaulieu River or the ships coming into Southampton Water. It’s a great place for a family walk; the Lepe Loop is a popular scenic route from the Country Park. You can leave the car at home and travel to Lepe on the Beach Bus throughout the summer, an hourly bus service from Hythe to Lymington with a free ice cream at Lepe for every ticket holder!
Try canoeing or Kayaking in the New Forest National Park on the Beaulieu river with New Forest Activities. The Beaulieu river is unique in that it is one of the only privately owned rivers in the world, and is a haven for wildlife.
Enjoy a family cycling adventure
The National Park has many quiet country lanes, perfect for cycling, as well as over 100 miles of way-marked cycle tracks across the Crown Lands of the Forest. It's easy to hop off a train and go for a bike ride. Bike hire is available in all of the major villages (Brockenhurst, Burley, Lyndhurst and Beaulieu). (Film here you may want to include).
See more about cycling in the New Forest
OS Paper Maps
Never explore without one
Stay safe, and stay active with Britain’s most accurate outdoor maps
Be inspired to do more and go further by equipping yourself with the best tools for the job. Our maps are built on 220 years of experience - we keep walkers, runners, cyclists and more safe in the great outdoors all year round.