About the New Forest

The New Forest lies in the South of England and covers parts of Hampshire and Wiltshire. It is England’s newest National Park, having been granted National Park status in 2005, and attracts many tourists from all over the world with its stunning landscapes and high-class amenities. It is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a UNESCO world heritage site.

When William the Conqueror arrived in England almost 1000 years ago, he named it “Nova Forresta” (New Forest) and turned it into a hunting ground for Deer and other game. The vast open spaces dotted with small wooded areas made it ideal for this purpose.

The New Forest has a varied landscape that covers roughly 140,000 acres, with 36,000 acres of broadleaved woodland, 29,000 acres of heathland and grassland, 8,200 acres) of wet heathland, 21,000 acres of tree plantations (known as inclosures). Two large rivers, Lymington River and Beaulieu River, lead down to the Forest’s 26 miles of coastline.

The Forest is also home to a wide range of wildlife including horses (the famous New Forest Ponies), deer, cows, pigs, and rare species of reptiles and birds.

There are numerous settlements, villages and towns in the New Forest. These are some of the most popular


The Beaulieu River winds through this beautiful ancient village. Its most famous attractions are the National Motor Museum and Palace House, which are home to Lord Montague.


Brockenhurst is home to the main train and bus interchange in the New Forest. The village is situated in some of the most beautiful country side in the area and it pretty green often has local New Forest ponies grazing on it. Many of the New Forests walks and trails have their start in Brockenhurst.


Lymington’s busy high street is full of shops and leads down to the quay side and marina. You can catch a ferry to the Isle of Wight from Lymington.


The busy market town of Lyndhurst is the capital of the New Forest. The village is home to the New Forest Visitors Centre and the high street boasts plenty of shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants. Alice Liddell (Lewis Carroll’s inspiration for the Alice in Wonderland stories) is buried in the churchyard at the top of the hill. Within 5 minutes walk of the high street is Bolton’s Bench and open forest.


Sway is home to the famous tower, and is quickly becoming renowned for its popular art gallery.

If you’d like to know more about the New Forest, here are some useful/interesting links:

  • ENGLAND: A con fusion of kings | Stanford | World Association of … – Regarding the tomb of Edward the Confessor, Nigel Jones writes: You are right : Edward the Confessor lies in Westminster Abbey, whose building he began. His death in 1066, of course, ushered in the year of the three kings in which two Harolds (the Saxon Godwinson and the Norwegian Hardrada) and William of Normandy vied for the English throne. His son, William II Rufus’ lies in Winchester Cathedral, after his mysteriously violent death in the nearby New Forest in August 1100.
  • the naked man of the new forest – at the weekend, we went for a walk in the new forest. despite living fairly nearby, we have mostly only driven through the new forest to get to other places, like hurst castle. according to 100 walks in hampshire & isle of wight, …