THE NEW FOREST, HAMPSHIRE
The New Forest is the newest National Park in England and is located in the county of Hampshire. People who live here will tell you that The New Forest is a lively, working landscape with many secrets to discover.
There can be few other places in England where the ancient landscape has remained so unchanged. In 1079 when William The Conqueror named the area his ‘new hunting forest’, little could he imagine that nearly 1000 years later his ‘Nova Foresta’ would still retain its mystery and romance.
The ancient system established by William The Conqueror to protect and manage the woodlands and wilderness heaths is still in place today through the efforts of Verderers, Agisters and Commoners – literally the judges, stockmen and land users of the forest.
There are numerous attractions in the forest that offer all types of activities for most types of taste. The obvious attraction that most people will come to the forest for is the outstanding natural beauty and wildlife. However, there is so much more to see and do in the forest that you may have to stay a little longer than you originally thought!
Those wanting to discover some of the heritage in the forest may want to check out some of the numerous museums, galleries and incredible gardens in the forest.
If you just want to relax then why not stroll around one of many castles or manors in the area followed by a relaxing amble along the many miles of beach.
There are special events happening in the forest every single day. From small locally organised events to ones that attract a worldwide audience. You are certain to find something that will make your visit even more special.
As well as the ancient systems of managing the forest, man has left his mark on The New Forest in many other ways. Learn about the forest's history and archaeology at our many museums and Heritage Centres. From stately homes such as Beaulieu to the Roman Villa at Rockbourne, The New Forest has it all.
You can visit historic villages such as Buckler's Hard, where ships for Nelson's fleet were built, using the mighty oaks from the forest. Another example of how man has harnessed nature is at Britain's only surviving tidal mill, Eling Tide Mill.
There are many hidden treasures for you to discover if you know where to look. Alice Liddell, Lewis Carroll's inspiration for Alice In Wonderland, is buried in the churchyard in Lyndhurst.
The ideal place to start your visit is The New Forest Museum & Visitor Centre in Lyndhurst with its exhibition depicting the history and heritage of the forest.
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