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any DiS tips on a trip here? thinking of driving down during the will & kate holiday.
Very nice part of the world if you like riding bikes and walking. A few ok pubs around Brokenhurst, Lyndhurst didn't do much for me but is a good base I guess, if a bit of a traffic bottleneck.
Some nice places by the coast too such as Christchurch and there's a lovely walk to the hilltop peninsula at Southborne. Mini golf too.
Plus it's easy to get to Portsmouth and Southampton from there for day trips.
There is a great little otter sanctuary too near Lyndhurst well worth a visit.
Though nobody in the place appeared to be working when I was down there...
the peninsula that vamos mentioned is called Hengistbury Head and should definitely be visited (though it's just on the edge of the New Forest).
In terms of a base - I'd probably avoid Lyndhurst - a bit crowded. Burley or one of the villages round there would be a good base as it's a bit closer to Christchurch/Bournemouth for exploring the coast there.
Hit me with a town/village.
so not quite New Forest but about 3 miles from the edge (i think).
This was when it was just a forest and hadn't gone all "national park" and mainstream
I was Alderholt, similar distance away on the other side. "National park" my balls. I remember when it was all fields round there.
Interstingly, considering it is meant to have half the worlds trees or soemthing there (that is not a fact) it isn't very tree-ey is it?
Great place though.
I love the New Forest
for a walk somewhere along the ornamental drive
And the disused railway is great for cycling/walking
Burley's very touristy but a good place to stop for tea and a cake and some witch-themed tat
nice shouts from adamB too
any bed and breakfast favourites, the choice seems endless, thinking of staying somewhere decent two nights
I would recommend Burley
We hired bikes from the place near the station and cycled around a lot. Bealieu (or however it's spelt), is within cycling distance too.
Burley is nice too, especially if you're into witchcraft.
And amazing ice creams at Lymington