"My very favourite place." Top 5 Page for this destination New Forest by colin_bramso
New Forest Travel Guide: 45 reviews and 140 photos
It's about 385 square kilometres of open land which you can walk around, a mixture of ancient forest, new plantations and a lot of open heathland.
This is a great place to get away from the crowds and the pollution of the cities, wander around unspoiled nature, mingle with the animals.
But it also has the cities of Southampton and Bournemouth, with all their facilities, at either side of the forest, plus historic Winchester & Salisbury just to the north.
And to the south is the water, with seaside towns such as Milford on Sea, and beautiful old towns such as Lymington on the Solent.
So it just about has something for everyone, whether you want to stay with nature, visit cities, have a seaside holiday or absorb history.
Much of the New Forest is not forest at all, it's actually open heathland. The grass everywhere is immaculately manicured, as though a huge team of gardeners are constantly at work. In fact it's done by the grazing of the animals - ponies, deer, cattle and others, that roam freely all across the area.
I have much more about the New Forest in my big Travelogue on my UNITED KINGDOM page, and I've built a Travelogue on this page - just scroll down and click on the link below to go to it.
I've also built individual pages about several places and you'll find them under Beaulieu, Lymington, Lyndhurst.
The free-roaming animals have right of way throughout the forest. They're not very clever when it comes to traffic, so... more travel advice
Herds of cattle wander freely over the New Forest, their owners having ancient grazing rights. And there are thousands... more travel advice
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