The New Forest, Hampshire, is renowned for cycling and walking. With its 100 miles of way marked cycle routes, many off road and traffic free and acres of ancient woodland and walking trails. Many straight from your front door of this luxury self catering accommodation.
The New Forest and surrounding areas also have a whole variety of other activities for visitors to experience.
Whether you want to try out a new sport, amble round one of the many beautiful gardens or explore the history at a museum, I have taken a few of these activities for you to see what you can do when staying at the holiday cottage.
If you fancy any of these activities click on the highlighted text for more information.
- Why not try the new sport of paddle boarding or kayaking. Both of these are great fun and the New Forest is an excellent place to try them out as you have both the sea and rivers. The New Forest Paddle Sport Company hire the equipment or join you for a taster session with tuition if you have never tried this before.
- Sea Fishing Charters on the Solent allow you to experience the fun and excitement of sea fishing. Charters for up to 8 people. Individuals and couples welcome.
- An entertaining day messing around can be found at the Witbit inflatable water park and the South's first Cable wake-boarding centre. Whether beginner or experienced all are welcome at the New Forest Water Park.
- Ever fancied a day on a sailing boat . Escape Yachting offer you the opportunity to enjoy either a morning or afternoon sailing experience with lunch.
- For those who prefer lake fishing Hordle Lakes offers day tickets for Carp fishing. Only a short drive from the holiday cottage.
- Brockenhurst Manor, a friendly Golf Club just 5 minutes for the cottage rental, invites visitors to play with standard Green Fee rates. Bookable online or contact the Golf Club direct.
- As well as the New Forest ponies you see on the heathland, horse riding in the forest is a very popular past time and visitors can enjoy a hack. A previous guest has recommended Ford Farm Stables they found them very friendly.
- The New Forest Polo school provide introductory lessons for people who have always wanted a different equestrian experience.
- For those of us that prefer to watch the wonderful game of Polo the New Forest Polo Club play at New Park, Brockenhurst at the weekend. Click on the link to view their fixture list.
- Fancy swinging in the trees? Go Ape Treetop Adventure at The Moors Valley Country Park can help you there. If you are not sure about the heights maybe their Segway adventure would be more for you.
- The nearest cycle hire to this accommodation is Cyclexperience next to Brockenhurst railway station. Why not have a carefree self catering holiday and travel by train to the New Forest and hire a bike ready for collection when you arrive.
- Holidays are a time of making memories and The New Forest, with it's ancient woodlands, is the place for you to do this. The Horse Raft helps you to connect with this unique landscape while discovering it's history, flora and Fauna. You will be collected from the holiday cottage and then enjoy a wonderful, informative and relaxing outdoor experience.
- From 8th July - 10th September experience an Open Top double decker bus tour meandering through the villages and landscape. Your ticket allows you to hop on and off if you want to visit a village for longer. Visit The New Forest Tour website for more information.
- Phototrek give you the opportunity to wander through the delights of the New Forest and learn how to take better photographs.
- Take a guided walk in the New Forest to learn about it's history and amazing wildlife and a picnic is ready for you at the end. Walking picnics do all the hard work for you. Although I have not tried this I have heard very good reviews.
- Relax and enjoy a cruise down the Lymington river aboard the Puffin Billi. Puffin Cruises also a offer longer picnic cruises. See website for times and availability.
Gardens and Country Parks:
- Visit the 200 acre gardens of Exbury Gardens home to the Rothschild's collection of rhododendrons, camellias and many rare trees and shrubs. Travel at a relaxed pace on their steam railway. Magnificent throughout the seasons.
- Loose yourself in the network of footpaths around the Abbey and Palace House Beaulieu taking in the Victorian Kitchen gardens and Millpond walk to mention a few. While here your ticket also gives access to the famous Motor Museum.
- Furzey Gardens were first planted in 1922 as a collection of significant interest plants from around the world. It was first open to the public in 1930 however when the family was no longer able to afford the upkeep it was sold. Today the 10 acres of peaceful gardens are managed by the Minstead Trust giving opportunities for adults with Learning Disabilities to work in the gardens.
- Choose from walking the 5 mile countryside walk, the local nature reserve or just sit on the beach. Lepe Country Park, with it's cafe offers a great day out.
- The New Forest Reptile Centre houses all the species of snakes and Lizards found in the British Isles. A centre of conservation and information it's specially created enclosures allows the visitors to see them up close.
- Safaris are possible in the New Forest, Hampshire. New Forest Deer Safari is a 30 minute ride on a tractor around Burley Park with a herd of elusive Red Deer. and many other breeds too. After the ride enjoy some strawberries from the farm. Rides run from July to September.
- The recently renovated St Barbe Museum, Lymington, houses unique collections covering the history of the New Forest and Solent coastlines. Highlighting the history of smuggling, salt making and boat building dating back to the napoleonic era.
- Walk along Hurst Spit and you are rewarded with the magnificent Hurst Castle. Built by Henry VIII as a coastal fortress and during World War II it was manned with coastal guns to protect the Solent. An excellent place to watch the Round the Island race.
- With free entry, the New Forest Centre, allows visitors to learn all about the the National park from the history of the Commoners to the Geology of the area.
- Along the banks of the Beaulieu river, Bucklers Hard, is where Nelson's fleet was built. Discover the history of shipbuilding and Beaulieu river's history during World War II.
- Beaulieu National Motor Museum with over 250 vehicles and the Top Gear exhibition tells the story of motoring