Grab your hiking boots and escape to the playground of a landscape that started out as William the Conqueror’s hunting ground. If you’ve seen the film Robin Hood Prince of Thieves you’ll already be familiar with the dappled canopy of trees and quintessential English woodland that comprise the national park, and the landscape’s been thoughtfully criss crossed with cycle routes and hiking trails that showcase the sights to its energetic visitors.

The New Forest ponies are one of the park’s most popular attractions, and although they’re wild they’ll often get close enough to visiting humans for them to get some fantastic photos. The ponies have called the New Forest home for more than 2000 years and little has changed throughout the park since the days when it was out of bounds to everyone but the king who used it as a hunting ground. Luckily things are far more relaxed these days and visitors can expect a warm welcome at the villages and attractions that dot the park.

Cycling The New Forest

The New Forest offers a wide choice of cycling routes so whether you’re a beginner looking for a gentle ride or a more advanced cyclist looking for a spot of adventure, you certainly won’t be disappointed when you arrive. If you aren’t able to bring your own bikes with you on holiday, there are plenty of cycle hire centres throughout...

The House Martin Pub and Restaurant

Ask a random Barton-On-Sea resident for the most firmly established local venue and most of them will give you the same answer: The House Martin. Only minutes away from the sea front, this lovely combination of pub and restaurant offers you everything that you could wish for, whether going out for lunch, dinner or just a drink in the evening...
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