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Enjoy a National Parks holiday in the New Forest
For a National Parks holiday that has something for all the family, the New Forest is ideal. With wildlife, cute villages, great pubs and plenty of outdoor activities, you can easily fill a week, and want to stay longer.
The New Forest is easy to reach from London, by road, or by rail to Lymington, Sway, Beaulieu Road and Brockenhurst (southwesttrains.co.uk).
For accommodation, there is a range of cottages and self-catering properties to let within the National Park, all within easy reach of the New Forest. Check prices and suitability on sites like newforestcottages.co.uk or explorethenewforest.co.uk.
Cyclists are in their element in the New Forest. With plenty of well-marked trails, and only gentle inclines, a bike is the best way to see as much of the area as possible. Brockenhurst, with two cycle hire shops, is the starting point for many of the cycle routes in the New Forest.
Wildlife is one of the main attractions of the area. Forest ponies, donkeys and cattle roam freely through the villages, and ponies congregate on village greens in the evening to graze, as they have been doing for more than a millennium.
The New Forest is well-equipped with family-friendly country pubs, serving great local produce, Hampshire ciders and real ales. Try the Oak Inn near Lyndhurst, or the Sir Walter Tyrrell (sirwaltertyrrell.co.uk) in Brook, with its fabulous garden.
After a couple of drinks in the balmy weather of a southern English summer, this might be a National Parks holiday that you will want to repeat every year. For more details on restaurants, museums, villages, rental cottages and much more, consult thenewforest.co.uk