Set aside by William The Conqueror in 1079 for hunting the Royal Deer, the New Forest is certainly not NEW!! Many customs and traditions continue and it is rich in history and heritage. The famous New Forest ponies are all owned by the Commoners whose properties have ‘Forest Rights’ attached to them. The most important of these ‘Rights’ is the Right of Pasture. Their ponies, cattle, donkeys some sheep and pigs can be turned out to graze the forest and they play an important part in shaping the landscape of the forest. Walking, cycling and riding are all good ways of exploring and enjoying this unique corner of England and we are happy to help plan your day with you.
Cycling is very popular. If you bring your own bikes we have under cover storage available and cycling maps for your use. Bikes can be hired from several outlets around the forest. Riding can be arranged but needs to be booked well ahead as there are a limited number of stables. Water sports can be found either on the Solent or at the New Forest Water Park near Fordingbridge.