"Beautiful heather and horses in the New Forest" Top 5 Page for this destination New Forest by angiebabe

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Beautiful heather in bloom

We went out for a roam around the moor to indulge in the scenery and colours while the heather was still in its lovely purple bloom. Fresh country air and wide open spaces away from the city and work and all its worries. Perfect environment to stroll around, catch up in conversation with friends and grab a few more photos!

We found the elusive New Forest moor ponies

Im told that outside of the Highlands of Scotland the New Forest is the largest are of relatively natural vegetation in Britain and been that way since 1079 when William the Conqueror gave the area its name.

The New Forest covers 145 square miles of which 105 sq miles is forest and woodlands and the rest occupied by villages and farmland.

The forest trees include oak, beech and holly while the animal life feature deer, badgers, foxes and most particularly the famed ponies.

The cities of Bournemouth in the South west and Southhampton in the North East bracket the New Forest with the main towns and villages to visit within being Brockenhurst, Lyndhurst, Minstead, Burley, Beaulieau, Lymington and Ringwood.

Within this area are interesting sites such as the Rufus Stone to commemorate where William II was killed by an arrow (or was it the person that fired it?), the gravestones of knowns such as Arthur Conan Doyle and Alice Hargreaves who had been the model for Alice for Lewis Carroll, and the Rhinefield Drive extremely beautiful when in its prolific glory of rhodendron blossoms.

rules of the Forest - common sense ones!

Being a pretty area to drive through and even better when you get off the roads and onto the cycling and walking tracks, up to 7 million visitors a year enjoy this area, sharing it with the New Forest ponies and over 1,500 fallow deer.

Visitors are asked - not to feed the wild ponies which can attract them onto the roads

- to keep below 40 mph on unfenced forest roads and only park in a designated area - of which there are many!

- when walking in the forest to keep to paths and tracks

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  • Pros:large area to roam or drive and enjoy the fresh air and nature and wildlife
  • Last visit to New Forest: Sep 2006
  • Intro Updated Oct 5, 2007
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2010 at 4:00 AM

    The New Forest has always seemed mysterious to me. (For one thing, what's so "New" about it?) I don't know of any other place that is run by Verderers and Agisters. What do the Agisters do with all those wild ponies after they have rounded them up?

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2009 at 5:19 AM

    Lovely page.

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Jun 11, 2009 at 6:51 AM

    What a beautiful area this is, Angie. The heather growing wild like this reminds me of the mountains surrounding Cape Town. And so good that there is a place for horses to roam free. Great photos, as always. Happy Birthday for the 15th.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2008 at 8:23 AM

    I really enjoyed your photos of this wild and pretty part of England! My wife and I passed through the area a few years ago as we took a 'scenic' route from Farnham to Cornwall. No time to stop though :(

  • jo104's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2007 at 6:53 AM

    My uncle lives in the New Forest it is a lovely area & who can forget H.S Corner :-) (befoulments that is)

  • lou31's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2007 at 3:40 PM

    Fantastic page...The New Forest is on my list for next year so your tips were very helpful...cheers...

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Aug 31, 2007 at 2:21 PM

    Verderer, I'll have to look that one up in the dictionary! Why do they round up the animals? Interesting stuff, cheers.

  • Museeuw's Profile Photo
    Aug 14, 2007 at 10:32 AM

    Hi! I've never heard of this place, but it sure looks nice. Greets!

  • iwys's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2007 at 5:19 PM

    Did you see the even more elusive Dartford Warblers? Sometimes they pop their heads up in the area where you have taken your main photo.


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