Located in south west Hampshire and south east Wiltshire, the New Forest is a biological and geological Site of Special Scientific Interest and home to tourist attractions including Buckler's Hard, Burley Manor, Beaulieu, Blackwater Arboretum, Exbury Gardens and many more.
A visit to the New Forest at this time of year is a great boost for the soul. The spectacular ancient woods (which were once a royal hunting ground for King William I in the 12th century AD) never disappoint, whether you love walking or just want to take in the glories of the English countryside sights.
Approximately 150 square miles in size, the National Park is a sea of ever changing colours, a haven of diverse plant and animal life, boasts a variety of terrains (from wide open heaths to sunlight dappled woodlands), and is currently dotted with pigs out filling their bellies with acorns, now that Pannage season is upon us. This is where the pigs are released so they can eat up all the fallen acorns and other nuts.
The New Forest National Park website says:
“Wild horses won’t be able to drag you away from the New Forest once you’ve experienced its peace and fallen in love with the forest’s idyllic glades, ancient woodland, open moors, heathland and cliff top walks.
“Escape to a world a million miles from your everyday life where ponies, cattle, donkeys and deer roam free... and all just 90 minutes by train from London.”
Of course, no visit to the New Forest would be complete without popping along to the pretty riverside town of Fordingbridge, where you will find our stunning Sculpture garden and Gallery.
In our Fordingbridge gallery you can view our full collection of sculpture, original artwork, and limited edition prints in a warm and friendly (and COVID safe) environment. Check our Visit Us page for the latest visitor information.
With holiday options abroad no longer seeming to be a viable option, there is more reason than ever to take advantage of some of the stunning scenery that the UK has to offer, especially at this time of year. For more information about the New Forest National Park, visit their web site.