Walking Amongst Giants

May Swan-Easton on 30 December 2019
Who knew we had the Garden of Eden right here in our own backyard just 90 minutes by train from London?

In the very heart of Southern England, you’ll find an ancient forest, an oasis cradled in the middle of Hampshire which measures approx. 566 sq. metres.

From Lush green meadows to deep open woods and heathland – the New Forest has been shaped by man & animal since the end of the ice age 11,000 years ago. Today deer, ponies and cattle continue to roam free in its ancient heaths and woodland. Clear rivers and shady groves provide tranquillity and a car-free haven for walking, cycling and horse riding.

The New Forest became a national park in 2005 and was once a royal hunting ground for William the Conqueror. It covers an area of 566 square kilometres and is made up of vast tracts of unspoilt woodland, heathland and river valleys.

Take a stroll around the quaint traditional villages of Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Burley and Lyndhurst, explore the dusty antique shops or enjoy a pint of locally brewed cider or beer in one of the many straw thatched roof pubs. Discover the cobbled streets of the small Towns & Villages or take a stroll along the Coastline of the New Forest.

Food is another reason to visit the New Forest, since it’s rich in traditional country pubs, cosy tea rooms, fine restaurants and top-quality local produce. Quality is assured by the New Forest Marque, a sign that the highest standards of animal welfare, production and sourcing have been applied to any locally produced foodstuffs carrying its name. New Forest specialities include venison, cider, sausages, honey, beef, pork, mushrooms, fresh crabs and sole and many of the Forest’s restaurants, hotels and cafés offer menus featuring local food.

The New Forest has been a holiday destination here in the UK throughout the ages and there’s a wide selection of accommodation to suit all styles and budgets. Luxury & country house hotels, self-catering holiday cottages, bed & breakfasts, camping and caravan sites and holiday parks all set against the majestic backdrop of the New Forest. As you admire the timeless scenery it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular holiday beauty spot.

Each season provides a change of scene from the rich deep colours of spring and summer to the seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness in autumn. Pull on your walking boots and take a hike through the lush countryside & woodlands, hire a bike & enjoy one of the many off-road cycling routes or simply relax & rejuvenate in one of the area’s award-winning spas.