Camping in The New Forest is an ideal getaway for dog lovers.
Apart from Aldridge Hill and Denny Wood, all of our campsites are welcome to dogs. So, if you’re thinking of staying with us and bringing your dog along with you, here is our idea of a perfect family day out which includes your four-legged friend!
A walk on the wild side
The New Forest has hundreds of walking and cycling routes to explore.
By foot and by pedal are the best ways to truly take in the New Forest’s natural beauty and get some exercise, too.
Our day begins with a trip around the Blackwater Tall Trees Trail. The ancient woodland in this part of the Forest looks like a scene out of a fairytale. There will be plenty of lovely sights (and smells!) for the whole family to enjoy.
After all that activity, a quick drink and a bite to eat in a local café is well-deserved.
The new Forest Heritage Centre café in Lyndhurst is open to dogs, and even offers some doggy ice cream to keep them cool on hot days.
Other options include the Buttery Café Tearoom in Brockenhurst, known for their luxury cream tea (for humans!).
An afternoon attraction
With lunch out of the way, it’s time to visit one of the local attractions.
Exbury Gardens is renowned as one of the most spectacular gardens in the UK. It features displays of rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas, which produce a whole manner of brightly coloured flowers and enticing aromas. Children and parents alike can enjoy a ride on the miniature steam railway, plus those in a more contemplative mood can wander through the art & sculpture exhibits.
It’s a chance to slow down and take things at a more… meandering pace.
There are plenty of dog-friendly pubs throughout the New Forest, and after a long day, there’s no dinner more satisfying than a pub classic. Relax outside in the evening sun with a cold drink and some good food with the pooch at your side.
Most pubs in the forest are dog-friendly, so you won’t have trouble finding one with doggy treats on the bar! Some good dog-friendly pubs include the Royal Oak in Beaulieu, the Snakecatcher in Brockenhurst and the Fox & Hounds in Lyndhurst.
So, whichever part of the Forest you’re staying in, you’ll never be far away from a quality meal for the whole family.
Book your stay
Our campsites are open until the end of September, except Holmsley, which will be open until the 31st of October and Setthorns, which is open all year round.
Whether you want to catch the end of the season for one final farewell to the summer or return for a winter break, we’ve got you covered.