Our first stop is the picturesque village of Beaulieu. Nestled on the banks of the Beaulieu River, this place is a history buff’s dream. Start your journey at the renowned Beaulieu Estate, home to the magnificent Beaulieu Palace House and the National Motor Museum. Step back in time as you stroll through the grand halls and discover a stunning collection of vintage cars. Don’t forget to explore the beautiful gardens and take a peaceful boat ride along the river for a truly idyllic experience.
Blackwater: Tall trees walk
One of the true natural hidden gems, this enchanting tall trees trail takes you on a journey through a magical woodland that feels straight out of a fairy tale. As you wander along the path, you’ll be greeted by a majestic canopy of towering trees including majestic conifers planted in the 1850s, some of the oldest Douglas fir trees in Britain and views of two enormous redwoods.
Hurst Castle and Keyhaven:
Last but certainly not least, let’s venture to the coast and visit Hurst Castle and Keyhaven. Located at the western edge of The New Forest, this historic castle is a must-see attraction. Take a ferry ride from Keyhaven and step back in time as you explore the castle’s fascinating history and enjoy breath-taking views of the Solent and the Isle of Wight. Take a leisurely stroll along the shingle beach, breathe in the fresh sea air, and let the coastal beauty captivate you.
Prepare to step into a world of enchantment as we arrive in the magical village of Burley. Famous for its connection to witchcraft and folklore, Burley offers a unique and mystical experience. Explore the charming streets lined with thatched-roof cottages and quaint shops selling magical trinkets. Keep an eye out for the resident New Forest ponies, who often roam freely through the village. And if you’re feeling brave, join a ghost tour to uncover the village’s spooky secrets!
Paultons Park – Home of Peppa Pig World
Last but certainly not least, let’s venture slightly north of the Forest to one of the countries best loved theme parks. Paultons Park, Home of Peppa Pig World, has an amazing variety of things to see and do for all ages. Big rides, small rides, play areas, entertainments and an astonishing collection of exotic birds and animals, all set within 140 acres of stunning parkland and beautiful landscaped gardens. It’s got THE. BEST. DAY. EVER. written all over it!
So, grab your walking shoes, embrace the beauty of nature, and get ready for a journey filled with history, charm, and adventure!