Hampshire

New Forest Foray

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Overview

From forest to coast this trail takes in some stunning scenery and pretty villages. From Lyndhurst, travel towards the Solent coast at Lepe and Lymington via Beaulieu, before winding back inland through the New Forest to Brockenhurst and Ringwood before enjoying the tranquillity of Bolderwood.

Lyndhurst

The capital of The New Forest, Lyndhurst is a great village from which to explore the forest. Visit the New Forest Centre to discover its history. Lyndhurst is a culinary delight where you can relax and enjoy the tea rooms, pubs and restaurants or may be browse the shops where fresh game can be purchased.

Beaulieu

Situated on the edge of the New Forest, the picturesque village of Beaulieu is home to the National Motor Museum a collection over 250 vehicles, Palace House a Victorian manor house and the 13th century Beaulieu Abbey. Nearby Buckler’s Hard is a pretty former shipbuilding village, home to a Maritime Museum.

Exbury

Exbury is a pretty village in the New Forest, near the Beaulieu River. Enjoy the 200 acres of Exbury Gardens with the world famous Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and shrubs before taking a ride on the steam railway.

Lepe

Nestled on the Solent, Lepe is an ideal place to unwind and relax. Take in the views to the Isle of Wight, watching the yachts and windsurfers race against each other and the tide, ramble along the stony beach that forms part of Lepe Country Park or enjoy a coastal walk and blow away the cobwebs whilst exploring the D-Day remains.

Lymington

A port town on the Solent facing across to the Isle of Wight, the Georgian market town of Lymington is rich with maritime history and is now an internationally acclaimed yachting centre. You can wind through the cobbled streets to the harbour to watch the fishing boats and yachts.

Brockenhurst

The most populated village in the New Forest, Brockenhurst simply oozes charm and visitor appeal. Enjoy walking and cycling in the pretty surrounding countryside with its mixture of heathland and forest and then explore the delights of Whitefield Moor, Watersplash Ford and Brockenhurst Beach on the River Lymington.

Ringwood

Dating back to 1226, Ringwood on the River Avon is a market town often known as the gateway to the New Forest. The 34 mile Avon Valley Path runs through the town which has a variety of cafes, restaurants, pubs and shops. Visit the nearby Ringwood Brewery or Liberty’s Owl Raptor and Reptile Centre.

Bolderwood

A popular tourist spot, Bolderwood is a rural location where you can enjoy the New Forest. Take a walking trail, enjoy a picnic or climb the visitor platform to see the local fallow deer – they are regularly fed by New Forest keepers. Then head back to village of Lyndhurst to enjoy some well-earned refreshment.

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Overview

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Lyndhurst

2
7.3 miles

Beaulieu

3
3.9 miles

Exbury

4
2.0 miles

Lepe

5
12.0 miles

Lymington

6
5.3 miles

Brockenhurst

7
15.9 miles

Ringwood

8
10.1 miles

Bolderwood

What to see and do…

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Gilbert White & The Oates Collections

Gilbert White's House, High Street, Selborne, Hampshire, GU34 3JH

Paultons Park

Ower, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 6AL

Woodington Lakes Trout Fishery

Romsey Road, Wellow, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 6BG

Hawk Conservancy Trust

Sarson Lane, Weyhill, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 8DY

Glen Orchard Holiday Park

Walkford Lane, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 5NH

Winchester Science Museum and Planetarium

Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ

Marwell Zoo

Marwell Wildlife, Colden Common, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1JH

About the New Forest Foray Trail

Distance: 56 miles
Cites / Towns: 8
Number Of Businesses: 7

Take in the splendour of the New Forest National Park on this round tour from picturesque Lyndhurst, motoring down to the internationally famous Beaulieu Motor Museum to enjoy the collection of motoring icons. Head towards the Solent coast to take in medieval Buckler’s Hard, the Lepe Country Park and the cobbled streets of Lymington, the international yachting centre. Tour back through the New Forest to enjoy the delights of Brockenhurst, the bustling market town of Ringwood and the deer at peaceful Bolderwood before returning to Lyndhurst.

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Coastal Pleasures

Enjoy Hampshire’s wonderful Solent coast line with the likes of Buckler’s Hard, Lepe and Lymington offering plenty of attractions and opportunities to watch the action on the water. From pretty, heritage rich villages to internationally acclaimed yachting there is plenty to keep you entertained.

Motor Mania

Beaulieu Motor Museum is a mecca for petrol heads. A collection of over 250 vehicles ranging from the oldest built in 1875 to Formula 1, motorcycles and memorabilia awaits the visitor. Take in Jack Tucker’s Garage, explore the history of the motorcycle and enjoy the British Land Speed exhibition.

Forest Scenery

Take a walk, cycle or drive through the New Forest national park to enjoy the scenic heathland and forest interspersed with villages and many thatched cottages. Home to an abundance of animals including deer, forest ponies, donkeys, pigs, amphibians and over 100 species of birds the New Forest is a haven for wildlife and a delight for those wanting to get closer to nature.

Also Nearby

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections

Gilbert White's House, High Street, Selborne, Hampshire, GU34 3JH

Paultons Park

Ower, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 6AL

Woodington Lakes Trout Fishery

Romsey Road, Wellow, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 6BG

Hawk Conservancy Trust

Sarson Lane, Weyhill, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 8DY

Glen Orchard Holiday Park

Walkford Lane, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 5NH

Winchester Science Museum and Planetarium

Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ

Marwell Zoo

Marwell Wildlife, Colden Common, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1JH