New Forest National Park on the south coast was established in 2005. Despite the name, around half the area consists of open heaths and grassland, the rest covered with woodlands. It's best known for the New Forest ponies, which roam freely in the area, along with cattle and donkeys.

As the area is fairly flat, it is ideal for cycling, and despite the relatively high human population has a wide range of wildlife, especially birds. There are a number of villages within the park, many of which make ideal destinations for day trips. Visit Lymington for a quaint but vibrant high street with a choice of destinations for afternoon tea.

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Bike exploring: Invasion of Hurst Castle

Pennington to Hurst Castle Loop. Just under 10 miles of easy going bike trail, quiet roads and shingle/pebble beach. A great all year ride, suitable for families however the final spit section maybe a challenge for smaller legs and wheels.

Bike exploring: The New Forest

Brockenhurst New Forest Loop. Just under 12 miles of easy going forest trails and tarmac. A great all year ride, perfect for families. The route starts and stops in the pretty little town of Brockenhurst.

5 reasons to GetOutside in the New Forest

The New Forest, with its mix of beaches, woodland and rivers, has something for everyone. But if you're not convinced, GetOutside Champion Kate is here with her 5 top reasons to visit the area.

New Forest Marque

Exploring the New Forest is an assault upon the senses – the beautiful landscapes you see throughout the National Park, the fresh air that you breathe in and the sound of wildlife you hear as you walk. But why stop there – the New Forest experience can continue with a taste of some high-quality food and drink.

Discovering rivers and woodland in the New Forest

The New Forest, famous for its ancient heathland and wild ponies, is full of woodlands and wildlife, making it a perfect place for walking.

Try Paddle Boarding in the New Forest National Park

Paddle boarding is commonly associated as a holiday activity abroad, but with our guide, you can find out how to paddle board right here in the UK, in the New Forest National Park.

​Top places to go in the New Forest

Discover the best places to go when visiting the New Forest National Park in Hampshire, England.

An introduction to the New Forest National Park

The New Forest is jam packed full of outdoor fun and adventure for cyclists, walkers and families. Get some inspiration here...

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