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New Forest villages

Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst & Lymington 

Brockenhurst lies off the main A337 Lyndhurst to Lymington road.  The village has an excellent butcher, baker, general stores and post office on the high street which is only a few minutes walk away.  Brockenhurst is well-located and surrounded by the New Forest, yet only a few minutes drive from the sea at Lymington.

 

Lymington is an attractive Georgian town renowned for its quayside, cobbled streets, sea-farersí cottages, sailing boats and Saturday street market.  Lymington also has several major supermarkets including Safeways, Waitrose and Tesco as well as some good restaurants and public houses with good food and pleasant atmosphere.  

Ringwood & Burley 

Ringwood is an attractive market town on the main A31 and A338 with good shopping facilities including Safeways, Waitrose and Somerfield supermarkets and good local shops as well as some excellent restaurants and public houses with good food and pleasant atmosphere.  

 

Burley is about 5 minutes drive away and is an excellent base for New Forest walks and horse riding.

 

 

The New Forest area

The New Forest

Rhinefield & Bolderwood ornamental drives, Ober Water forest walks, Wilverley & Holmsley Inclosures, Exbury Gardens, Lepe Foreshore Country Park, Deer Sanctuary and Butterfly & Dairy farms  

Lymington

Harbour, Quayside, Captainís Row, Saturday street market, Isle of Wight ferry terminal, sailing clubs/marinas, public slipways, swimming pool & recreation centre, saltworks, nature reserve and the Solent Way

Lyndhurst

Tourist Information Centre, the Queen's house and Verderer's Court

Beaulieu

National Motor Museum, the Abbey, village & lake and nearby Maritime Museum at Bucklerís Hard on the Beaulieu river  

Ringwood

Market town, Owl Sanctuary and nearby Moor Valley Country Park

Keyhaven

Harbour, sailing club, fishermen's boats, shoreline walk, marshes, saltworks, Solent Way walk out to Hurst Castle & lighthouse with spectacular views over the Solent to the Isle of Wight and the Needles  

Christchurch

& Highcliffe  

The Priory, Mudeford Quay, Avon Beach, Bay & Harbour, marinas,  public slipways, transport museum and Two Riversmeet sports centre  

Bournemouth

Winter Gardens, cliffs, groynes,  beaches and Hengistbury Head nature trail and nature reserve

Poole Harbour

Studland Bay, Brownsea Island, Isle of Purbeck, Corfe Castle,  Swanage, Wareham, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door

Dorset 

Hardy country, Weymouth, Dorchester, Cerne Abbas and the National Trustís Kingston Lacey near Wimborne  

Hampshire

Winchester, Romsey, the Victory at Portsmouth,  and the Solent

Isle of Wight 

Cowes, Yarmouth, Ryde, Godshill, the Needles, Alum Bay, Ventnor and many sandy beaches and chines  

Wiltshire

Longleat Wildlife Safari Park, Wilton, Salisbury, Stonehenge, the Avon valley and the Chases  

 

 

Leisure pursuits

Beaches 
Highcliffe, Keyhaven, Lepe, Bournemouth, Poole Harbour and Studland Bay
Indoor sports
New Milton, Pennington and Calshot;  Ringwood and Two Riversmeet in Christchurch
Riding
Stables in Brockenhurst, Burley  and throughout The New Forest
Golf
Brockenhurst, Lymington and Burley have 18-hole courses
Sailing
Lymington, Keyhaven, Calshot, Christchurch, Mudeford Quay and Poole Harbour
Cycling
Cycle shops in Brockenhurst, Burley & Christchurch rent bikes hourly, daily or weekly for cycling rides in The New Forest
Walks
Black Knowl, Queen Bower, Ober Water, Wilverley Plain, Rhinefield, Bolderwood and many other walks including:

The Solent Way - Keyhaven to Beaulieu via Lymington along the coast and the banks of the Beaulieu River and 

The Avon River valley through Fordingbridge, Ringwood and Christchurch

Nature
Nature reserves, nature trails and nature activities such as badger watches are available throughout The New Forest and at Moor Valley Park near Ringwood at Verwood