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Whether walking or on horseback or bike, the New Forest is a magical place. There are literally miles of tracks for walking or cycling that lead you to the heart of the forest and it’s all flat! It really has the feel of a dense forest in parts, so dense is the canopy created by the oak and the beech trees. You’re likely to encounter wild deer and the famous New Forest ponies at any time. The forest eventually gives way to open heathland where it’s much easier to spot the ponies.
The only way to appreciate the forest fully is to abandon your car. Then make your way into the depths of the forest and listen to the wildlife all around you and marvel at the splendid variety of trees. The forest is a magical place at any time of the year and the best times of day to spot deer, bats and many more species, are very early morning or dusk.
Actually, the landscape of the New Forest has changed very little since 1079 when William the Conqueror claimed it as a hunting forest. Interestingly, the king established a system of forest management to protect the whole area and his system is still in place today, controlled by Verderers (judges), Agisters (stockmen) and Commoners (users of the forest land). Buckler's Hard, where some of Nelson’s shops of the line were built, is well worth a visit as is Beaulieu.
Here's where you can keep up to date with what's happening in the New Forest.
There’s so much to see and do in and around the New Forest, the best thing to do is to come and stay in one of the finest New Forest hotels, Hotel TerraVina.
Not only is it an ideal hotel for exploring the forest from the front door, it’s also one of Britain's Top Ten Hotels 2009 (Good Hotel Guide), Best Hotel in the South East of England (Tourism ExSEllence Awards) and one of the best new places to stay in the world, (Conde Nast). If you fancy lunch in the New Forest, The Times said the restaurant at Hotel TerraVina is one of five restaurants in England to Eat Out in James Bond Style.
Places to visit near Hotel TerraVina in Hampshire include:
Beaulieu, Broadlands, Buckler's Hard, Exbury Gardens, Furzey Gardens, Hampshire County Cricket Ground, Long Barn Beauty Treatments, Lyndhurst, Lymington, Marwell Wildlife Park, National Trust, New Park, Otter Owl & Wildlife Park, Paultons Theme Park, Peppa Pig World, Pylewell Park Food & Drink Festival, Setley Ridge Vineyard, Southampton, Southampton University, Winchester
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Southampton, Hampshire SO17 1XS, United Kingdom.
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