New Milton perches right on the edge of the New Forest National Park, and if you’re looking for all the charm of a country town with plenty to see and do then it’s just the place. Wednesday is market day (and the perfect excuse to go and try some of the local produce), and you’ll find a bustling high street with a selection of shops and restaurants to keep you busy when you’re not exploring the spectacular landscape of the national park just a few miles away.
And then there’s beautiful Barton-on-Sea. With a long sandy beach that attracts fossil hunters all year round, this friendly little resort is made of up beauty spot after beauty spot, and it’s home to some of Hampshire’s most popular walking trails. The Solent Way starts just a fossil’s throw away, so the area’s a firm favourite with those of you who love coastal, windswept walks with plenty to see along the way.