Heritage Britain

New Forest, Hampshire, England


A Historic Tour of New Forest
Swan Green

New Forest

We are in a remarkable corner of the English countryside set aside as a special place more than nine centuries ago by William the Conqueror. At that time William named it the “New” hunting forest, to be jealously guarded against any possible threat to his Chase of Royal Deer. Over the centuries too many places have changed almost beyond recognition yet the
New Forest’s ancient woodlands and wilderness heaths remain largely intact, earning the area national and international status.

As we enter the New Forest today, we appear to step backwards in time. The landscape is unique and traditions exist here that haven’t changed since mediaeval times.

This most English of forests continues to be a living and working community where ponies and cattle still have the right of way as they freely graze the land. Deeper in the Forest wild deer browse beneath canopies of mighty oak and beech – natural scenes unchanged by the modern world.

It is remarkable that this way of life has survived as a remnant of ancient England along with the unmistakable landscape it created, when so much of our heritage has been lost elsewhere.

Whatever your preference, be it peace and solitude, visiting local places of interest, or participating in your favourite sport; the New Forest offers the visitor the ideal holiday location. A host of activities await in the great outdoors. Fishing, golf, riding or sailing in the Solent are possible but the New Forest is particularly renowned for walking and cycling.

In addition to its fascinating and unique heritage, the New Forest has
a wealth of places to visit right at its heart, including Beaulieu National Motor Museum (home of Lord Montagu) and Exbury Gardens, world famous for its azaleas and rhododendrons.

You are sure to find the New Forest is the ideal ‘get away from it all’
holiday destination yet connections couldn’t be better; only 90 minutes from London by road and main rail services into Brockenhurst from London Waterloo.

For more Information please contact:
The New Forest
Visitor Information Centre
New Forest Centre
High Street (main car park)
Lyndhurst
SO43 7NY

Web:  www.thenewforest.co.uk
Email:  info@thenewforest.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)23 8028 2269

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