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.