The GO Outdoors Guide to New Forest National Park - 50 Reasons to visit
We’re lucky, in the UK, to be surrounded by so many areas of natural beauty. From the Scottish Highlands to the Cornish coast we can proudly boast about the wealth of stunning countryside we have as a nation.
If you’re looking for somewhere new to explore this spring why not make a trip to New Forest? The area is famed for its breath-taking landscape, with a 140,000 acre National Park, pristine coastline, heath and woodlands.
The flourishing natural environment is also home to an abundance of wildlife. New Forest National Park is one of very few places to maintain the historic practice of commoning – which permits certain local people to release their animals to graze freely around the forest – and roaming ponies have become an image which is iconic of New Forest.
With such a lot to offer it’s no wonder outdoor pursuits are so popular in the region. There are miles of picturesque biking and hiking trails to discover, not to mention the brilliant opportunities for water sports offered by the area’s proximity to the coast.
For the next instalment of our ’Reasons to Visit…’ series we’ve pulled together a fantastic selection of routes, activity ideas and campsite options to help inspire your trip. New Forest really does offer something for everyone; from family-friendly activities and glamping, to long distance hikes and back-to-nature camping experiences, a trip to the area can be tailored to suit every group.
- New Forest Walks
- New Forest Cycle Routes
- New Forest Camping
- New Forest Family Activities
- New Forest Try Something New
Is there any better way to spend a sunny afternoon than a long walk in the countryside? We certainly don’t think so!
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to scenic routes to take in New Forest, but here are our top 10 walks to get you started.
- Wilverley Inclosure Walk
Easily accessible, with parking and the beginning of the route just off the A35, the Wilverley Inclosure Walk is a popular path through New Forest National Park.
The trail takes in plenty of the Ancient and Ornamental Woods, so keep your eyes peeled for the fallow deer that live in this part of the forest, and course the free grazing cattle and ponies too.
If you’re planning a trip around the Wilverley Inclosure Walk, be sure factor in time to stop for tea and a cake at the Old Station Tea house along the way.
More information: http://www.new-forest-national-park.com/wilverley-inclosure-walk.html
- Keyhaven to Hurst Castle
Taking you from the pretty hamlet of Keyhaven, on the coast of Hampshire, along to one of the area’s most iconic landmarks, Hurst Castle, this scenic route is a fantastic way to enjoy stunning views over the water front.
Leading along a section of the Solvent Way the walk, though longer, leads across mainly flat terrain and so is graded easy. Once you reach the castle be sure to take the time to explore the historic building and take-in the view across to the Isle of Wight before heading home on the Hurst Castle Ferry. Visit Walking with the Taxi Driver’s website for full details.
More information: http://www.walkingwiththetaxidriver.co.uk/the-walks/the-new-forest/keyhaven-nature-reserve-ferry-hurst-castle-round
- Seabirds and Saltpans
This coastal walk follows the Solent Way through the thriving Keyhaven Marshes nature reserve. The walk offers beautiful views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight and the Needles cliffs, as well as some fantastic opportunities to spot wading birds.
The mudflats and salt marsh, which surround the route, provide a rich feeding ground for the local birds. During the winter months bird spotters can expect to see an array of wading birds including widgeon, redshanks and curlews.
In the summer the area hosts flocks of terns and gulls.
This walk has been produced by the New Forest National Park Authority. Their routes website at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/routes is the area’s one-stop-shop for easy and accessible New Forest walks and cycles
Routes can be downloaded from: http://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/keyhaven
- Milford Food Trail
A coastal route along Hurst Spit to the historic Hurst Castle, this walk is a family friendly walk with lots of exciting things for the little ones to spot along the way. The stunning sea
front offers views along the New Forest’s coast, plus there are lighthouses, wildlife and plenty of bracing sea air!
Make it a real family day out and add a trip to Hurst Castle to the walk.
The English Heritage site was built by Henry VII as part of a chain of coastal fortresses – Charles I was even imprisoned here before his execution.
This walk has been produced by the New Forest National Park Authority. Their routes website at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/routes is the area’s one-stop-shop for easy and accessible New Forest walks and cycles –
The route can be downloaded from: http://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/milford
- Lyndhurst Circular Walk
You’ll experience a fantastic mix of all the varied terrain New Forest has to offer on the Lyndhurst Circular Walk from Walking Britain. The area is famed for its natural beauty with a landscape that boasts heathland, bogs, mature woodlands, open tracts and recent plantings.
New Forest is also still practices commoning, an old custom where livestock to graze freely, so you’re likely to see a host of wildlife on this walk. Keen bird watchers might even spot hawks and kestrels hunting in the area.
The route can be downloaded from: http://www.walkingbritain.co.uk/walks/walks/walk_a/1612
- Lyndhurst Hill and Swan Green - Pub Walk
You'll see a little of all the breath-taking landscapes New Forest is famous for on this scenic walk across the forest tracks, moorland and heaths between Lyndhurst Hill and Swan Green.
The walk, from Go 4 a Walk, has an easy grading and leads across generally flat terrain, though it is worth noting that at 2 hours in length this is a route most suited to active individuals - and perhaps a little far if you're walking with children. However you can always break the journey up with a stop at one of the fantastic local pubs along the way!
The route can be downloaded from: http://www.go4awalk.com/walks/walk-search/walk.php?walk=ha109
- Beaulieu to Buckers Hard
A very enjoyable walk along with stretches along the coastal Solent Way, which offers stunning views across the coast, and a section of woodland track, the Beaulieu to Buckers Head walk, from Walkiees, is a lovely way to spend an afternoon in the great outdoors.
At one point the route offers a choice of woodland or riverside track.
If the weather's fair try taking the riverside on the way out and return via the woodland path to make a loop of the
trail. Once you reach Buckers Head there’s a small marina to explore as well as pubs and coffee shops where you could stop and have a refreshment.
The route can be downloaded from: http://www.walkiees.co.uk/walks/view/beaulieu-to-buckers-hard
- New Forest Reptile Discovery Trail
The little ones will love the New Forest Reptile Discovery Trail! The short walk, from Forestry, is all about teaching children about the outdoors. Along the way you can stop and watch the wildlife at the pond, learn about the different forest textures and see some of the forest’s oldest trees.
More Information: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/EnglandHampshireNoForestNewForestNewForestReptileCentreReptileCentreTrail
- Lyndhurst Heath Forest Circular Pushchair Walk
Lyndhurst is commonly thought of as the unofficial ‘capital’ of new forest, and so the village makes an excellent base from which to explore the miles of trails in the area.
This is a great walk for families with an easy grading and if you have an all-terrain buggy then this walk is a breeze for you and your little one. The route starts east of Lyndhurst village passing the cricket club before coming to a heathland trail. You’ll pass by Pondhead Farm Campsite before reaching a beautiful stretch of woodland – a great spot for a picnic if you’re packing one! Visit Baby Route’s website for all the details.
Routes can be downloaded from: http://babyroutes.co.uk/walking-routes/forest-hampshire-walks/lyndhurst-heath-forest-circular-walk/
- New Forest Country Walk
The longer New Forest Country Walk, from Walking with the Taxi Driver, gives you the opportunity to explore four of the local communities as well as taking in the scenery of the park.
The walk begins in Fordingbridge, a former market town on the River Avon, and passes through Woodgreen, Hale and Godshill; locations notable not just for their natural beauty, but as Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
The route can be downloaded from:
Take off on two wheels and explore the very best of New Forest’s countryside. From gentle, family friendly jaunts to challenging excursions, the area has something to offer everyone – here are our top suggestions for bike rides around New Forest.
- Woodland Figure-of-Eight Circuit
A scenic route around pretty woodlands in the north of New Forest, this relatively easy cycle ride begins with a short section on minor roads before cutting into the wood for the majority of the ride.
As the New Forest Explorer’s Guide explains, the route is conveniently located close to both Longbeech and Ocknell campsites, the route is popular with tourists visiting the area. The 4 mile bike ride is graded as easy, though be prepared to get a little out of breath tackling a prolonged incline section
More Information: http://www.newforestexplorersguide.co.uk/cycling/ride-6.html
- Ornamental Woods Route
This pretty cycle route through the Ornamental Woods in New Forest National Park is a great ride to get the family out of the house and into the fresh air for an afternoon.
The trail is perfectly manageable for little legs, across mostly flat ground and well-maintained forest tracks. The route is also 95% off-road, so there’s no need to worry about sharing the road with traffic. Check out the New Forest Cycle Hire website for all the details.
More Information: http://www.newforestcyclehire.co.uk/routes/ornamental-woods/
- Deerleap Inclosure Circuit
Running close to the north-east boundary of New Forest, the Deerleap Inclosure Circuit is another great route from New Forest Explorer’s Guide. The relatively short trail is ideal for a family excursion and conveniently located close to both Ashurst campsite and Ashurst station.
The track passes through a host of attractive woodland scenery and at around its halfway point reaches the historic Churchplace Inclosure, an area of woodland which boasts some beautiful, mature oak and beech trees.
More Information: http://www.newforestexplorersguide.co.uk/cycling/ride-1.html
- Bike to the Beach Route
With breath-taking views over the pebble lined coast of Milford-On-Sea and a scenic stretch along the disused rail line in Brockenhurst, Bike to the Beach is a beautiful country cycle ride from New Forest Cycle Hire. If you’re enjoying the cycle, there’s an optional 1.5 mile extension which leads you all the way to Hurst Castle.
The historic building stands on a shingle split at Milford-On-Sea, just ¾ of a mile from the Isle of Wight – and trust us the scenery is well worth the extra leg work! If you don’t fancy making the round trip home, there’s the option to catch a train from Lymington.
More Information: http://www.newforestcyclehire.co.uk/routes/bike-to-the-beach/
- Isle of Wight Views Route
Aptly named, the Isle of Wight Views cycling route from Cycle New Forest offers some sensational scenery of the island. From a long coastal stretch along Cliff Road you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful Christchurch Bay, as well as the sight of one of the Isle of Wight’s most famous landmarks, The Needles.
At just 8 miles, the route is perfect if you’re tight for time or looking for a quick evening loop. Though you could just as easily make an afternoon of it and stop for a well-earned refreshment at The Gun pub when you arrive in Keyhaven.
More Information: http://cycle-newforest.co.uk/cycle-routes/isle-of-wight-views/
- Red Shoot Route
The Red Shoot Route from Cycle New Forest showcases everything cyclists love about the New Forest area, with challenging climbs, fantastic descents and beautiful views across the countryside’s wide open vistas.
At 37 miles this longer bike ride is the ideal way to spend a sunny afternoon. Plus it takes you right past the door of the Red Shoot Pub, (which the route is named after) a great place to stop for a refreshment after all that pedalling!
More information: http://cycle-newforest.co.uk/cycle-routes/red-shoot/
- New Forest National Park Circular
This extended cycle route is perfect for bike enthusiasts looking to enjoy plenty of the scenic New Forest National Park.
Famed for its stunning scenery and abundance of wildlife - watch out for freely grazing cattle and ponies on your trip - the National Park is a beautiful place to spend a sunny afternoon.
This route is best suited to those looking to get plenty of exercise from their cycle, though you could always break-up the journey stopping at one of many brilliant local pubs along the trail. Visit Cycle Route’s website for all the details.
More Information: http://www.cycle-route.com/routes/New_Forest_National_Park_Circular-Cycle-Route-1308.html
- New Forest Discovery Trail
The New Forest Discovery Trail, from Walk and Cycle, is a short and easy cycle the whole family can enjoy together. Originally designed as a treasure hunt for the Fullers Brewery this route is just over 4 miles in length. Taking you in and around the pretty village of Burley, the bike ride is a brilliant way to explore the area.
The route begins with a short climb up Beechwood Lane and there is a second longer assent past Holmsley Passage. This is an easy, child-friendly bike ride; however we do recommend sturdy tyres to avoid any punctures on the uneven Castleman cycle track.
More Information: https://www.walkandcycle.co.uk/trail?trailcode=DORSTR0001
- The Gridiron
The Gridiron is a challenging bike route first put together in 1993 by Peter Davenport from the Wessex CTC cycling group. At just over 61 miles this is a full day’s excursion and a fantastic route for avid cyclists!
You’ll see all the best that the New Forest area has to offer cycling The Gridiron. The route, as described on Walk and Cycle, passes through a host of picturesque hamlets and villages including Boldre, South Baddesley and Beaulieu; as well as passing close to the coast between Sowley Ho and Pylewell Ho.
More Information: https://www.walkandcycle.co.uk/trail?trailcode=HAMPTR0013
Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary From Burley
Taking in just over 9 miles of the beautiful New Forest National Park, the Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary loop, from Walk and Cycle, is a brilliant way to enjoy the scenery and wildlife of the park.
Beginning just outside of Burley village, the cycle leads you through the park’s South Oakley Inclosure and north east as far as Bolderwood Lodge. This track will take you through the Deer Sanctuary - visit in the early morning or evening for the best chance to see the wildlife.
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of sleeping under the stars. Pitching a tent, building a campfire and spending a few nights living closer to nature can be a great way to unwind and escape the stress of day-to-day life.
Renowned for its natural beauty and wildlife, New Forest is a brilliant destination if you’re planning a camping holiday – here are our top 10 picks for campsites in the area.
- Red Shoot Camping Park
Run by a family, for families, Red Shoot Camping Park is perfect for a peaceful country getaway. Conveniently located right in the heart of New Forest National Park the campsite is close to miles of cycling and walking trails - an ideal destination for those who want to immerse themselves in outdoor pursuits.
The campsite won a Trip Advisor Award for Excellence in both 2014 and 2015 and welcomes tents, caravans and motorhomes. Red Shoot offers a choice of electric and non-electric pitches, with other facilities on-site including a shop, bakery, children's playground, laundry room and underfloor heated shower and toilet block, plus disabled and family bathrooms.
More Information: http://www.redshoot-campingpark.com/
- Greenhill Farm
Greenhill Farm is a peaceful hideaway located within the National Park on the edge of New Forest. Open all year round the site welcomes motorhomes, caravans and tents (between Easter and October) with the option for seasonal pitches, covered caravan storage and facilities for rallies should you require them.
The 50 acre site is naturally beautiful and exceptionally well equipped. The farm has three stunning lakes and Greenhill’s on-site facilities include a shop, licensed bar, laundry room, mini golf course, mountain bike hire, a dog/bike wash, children's play area, basketball court and more. The site even won the 2016 Loo of the Year Award from the UK Holiday Park Industry.
More Information: http://greenhillfarm.co.uk/
- Shamba Holidays - New Forest Camping
The 7 acre Shamba Holidays site is surrounded by pretty countryside and ideally located as a base from which to explore Hampshire and Dorset.
The park boasts it has 'something for everyone' with an extensive selection of on-site facilities including a 40ft indoor/outdoor pool where guests can book private swimming lessons, licensed bar, take-away, shop, games room, laundry room and modern shower and bathroom facilities.
More Information: http://www.shambaholidays.co.uk/our-locations/shamba/new-forest-camping/
- Holmsley Campsite
Holmsley Campsite is set in the area which used to be part of Holmsley Airfield in World War Two and now offers campers a unique and beautiful base from which to enjoy the outdoor pursuits the New Forest is so famous for.
The campsite is open from 17th March - 31st October and its onsite facilities include shower and toilets, a shop and hot food takeaway. Take a look at the Camping in the Forest website for full details about this picturesque campsite.
More Information: http://www.campingintheforest.co.uk/england/new-forest/holmsley-campsite
- Setthorns Campsite
The secluded Setthorns Campsite is perfect for those looking for a little adventure from their holiday. Camping in the Forest describes the site as surrounded by forest on all sides the site has a complete feeling of privacy and tranquillity. It's the perfect location for visitors to get close to nature, as you're highly likely to run into some of the local wildlife during your stay!
There are no shower or toilet facilities on site and a chemical toilet is required if you want to stay at Setthorns. Electrical hook-ups are available and the site is open year round. Take a look at the Camping in the New Forest website for full details about this picturesque campsite.
More Information: http://www.campingintheforest.co.uk/england/new-forest/setthorns-campsi
- Harry's Field
Located in a serene corner of New Forest, in the sleepy hamlet of Frogham, Harry's Field is a quiet and idyllic countryside campsite. The site is well equipped with shower and toilet facilities, a small shop, campfire baskets and plenty of space to BBQ. However, if you don't fancy cooking your own food, just next door is The Foresters Arms a fine dining country pub with award winning food and an excellent selection of real ales.
More Information: http://www.newforestcampsite.com/
- Denny Wood Campsite
A world away from the noise and stress of city life, Denny Wood Campsite is a haven for nature lovers. In the open grass land site the pitches are separated by the natural features of the landscape such as ferns, trees and plants. The campsite has a real feeling of seclusion
and serenity, the only passer-by you're likely to be disturbed by is a free grazing cow or pony!
The site has no shower or toilet facilities and a chemical toilet is required to stay on the site's grass only pitches. Denny Wood is open for the summer season, from the 17th March - 26th September.
More Information: http://www.campingintheforest.co.uk/england/new-forest/denny-wood-campsite
- Embers Camping Beaulieu
Having outgrown its old location at Home Farm, Embers Campsite has moved to Hazel Copse this season. The new site is close to Beaulieu and offers direct access to miles of biking and walking trails. Onsite facilities include an organic farm shop, where visitors can purchase fresh bread as well as sausages and bacon.
The campsite really comes into its own when the sun goes down when guests are encouraged to light a campfire, making a picturesque night time scene. As Embers has moved to a new campsite they are offering a 33% discount on the price of a pitch.
More Information: http://www.emberscamping.co.uk/campsite/embers-beaulieu/overview
- Forest Yurts – Glamping
If you're looking for a country retreat but would rather take a few home comforts away with you, then glamping could be the perfect compromise. Canvas Retreats’ forest yurts offer luxurious camping experiences just 3 miles from New Forest National Park, so you can enjoy all the atmosphere of sleeping under the stars, but still wake up in a comfy double bed the next morning!
More Information: http://www.canvasretreats.co.uk/
- Midgham Farm
The log cabins at Midgham Farm are a perfect middle ground for those looking for a country escape with a few mod-cons. The cabins, available through Feather Down, are fully equipped with bathroom facilities, outdoor cookers, veranda, linen package and multiple bedrooms.
Though perhaps most impressive about the facilities at Midgham Farm are the activities available close by. Visitors are invited to come and help out at the farm's stables and just 10
minutes’ walk away a large section of the River Avon is reserved for guests having private fly fishing.
New Forest is a brilliant area to visit as a family, with tons of activities to keep the little ones busy and entertained. Here are some of our favourite family-friendly activities for you to try.
- Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary
While New Forest National Park is famed for its freely roaming wildlife some of the animals can be more elusive than others, and spotting the local deer in their natural habitat isn’t always easy!
At Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary, a purpose built viewing platform has been erected where the herd regularly gather. Between April and September the animals are fed daily by the park rangers so they’re usually in the meadow and used to having humans close by.
Bolderwood is a lovely place to bring the family on a summer’s afternoon, with a large picnic area and three easy walks through the forest to choose from.
More Information: http://www.new-forest-national-park.com/bolderwood-deer-sanctuary.html
- Moors Valley Railway
Train fans will love a visit to Moors Valley Railway – it’s the longest narrow gauge steam railway in the south of England reaching an entire mile in length.
The miniature railway was set-up by train enthusiast Jim Haylock and has grown to feature all sorts of real world elements including foot bridges, tunnels, a railway bridge, two stations, a waiting room and turntable.
As well as a trip on the miniature steam trains, you can shop for souvenirs at the site and buy ice-cream and refreshments from two kiosks. If you want more from your visit to the
narrow gauge steam railway why not try the Footplate Experience Course, where you can learn to drive the trains for yourself! True enjoyment for all the family!
More Information: http://www.moorsvalleyrailway.co.uk/
- Beaulieu Motor Museum
Visit Beaulieu, home of the National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear, Palace House, and 13th century Beaulieu Abbey. Beautiful grounds and gardens, Rides & Drives for all the family and special tours for groups. Nearby is the picturesque 18th century village of Buckler’s Hard where warships for Nelson’s navy were built.
More Information: https://www.beaulieu.co.uk/
- New Forest Wildlife Park
New Forest Wildlife Park is a nature reserve like no other! Visitors follow the park’s woodland trails to see animals in beautiful natural settings. The exciting selection of animals at New Forest Wildlife Park includes European bison, grey wolves, wild boar, lynx, giant otters, red deer, wallabies, Scottish wildcats and more. Children can let off steam in two amazing adventure playgrounds.
More Information: http://www.newforestwildlifepark.co.uk/
- Burley Wagon Rides
Burley Wagon Rides are the perfect way to take in New Forest’s picturesque scenery at a leisurely pace. The traditional horse and carriages pick up passengers in front of the village church and rides last for twenty minutes, thirty minutes or one hour.
More Information: http://www.wagonrides.co.uk/
- Paultons Park
Take your little ones for an action packed day out at Paultons Family Theme Park. Paultons boasts a thrilling selection of rides, including big rides, small rides, play areas, entertainments and a collection of exotic birds and animals. Plus there’s the very special Peppa Pig World, where Peppa fans can enjoy 7 amazing Peppa-themed rides, discover Mr Potato’s Playground and even have the chance to meet Peppa and George!
New to Paultons Family Theme Park is Lost Kingdom opening May 17th 2016, where dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes greet you at every turn. Take a Jurassic jeep expedition, ride the new Velociraptor family coaster and soar high into the sky on The Flight of the Pterosaur – a new suspended family coaster!
With plenty for young explorers to discover it will be a Jurassic Adventure for the whole family to enjoy.
More Information: https://paultonspark.co.uk/
- Longdown Farm
Teach your children all about life on a farm with a fun and educational day out at Longdown Activity Farm. The family-run farm offers a whole host of daily activities to join in with including bottle-feeding the kid goats and calves, meeting livestock like pigs, donkeys and alpaca and petting baby rabbits and chicks. There are also fantastic indoor and outdoor play areas plus farmyard buildings to explore.
More Information: http://www.longdownfarm.co.uk/
- Murder Mystery Treasure Trail
Bring some extra excitement to a walk around the country village of Burley with the Murder Mystery Treasure Trail. The self-guided tour of the village is a fun day out for kids from ages 6 and up, with clues hidden on local buildings and landmarks that’ll help you solve the Burley Village of Witches Mystery. Visit Treasure Trails website for full details.
More Information: https://www.treasuretrails.co.uk/things-to-do/hampshire/burley
- New Forest Reptile Centre
The New Forest Reptile Centre, at New Forest National Park, is an educational conservation centre where it is possible to see all of the UK’s indigenous reptiles in one place. The centre is home to snakes, lizards, frogs and toads including two of Britain’s rarest species: the smooth snake and the sand lizard.
The animals are kept in open air netted enclosures which replicate their natural habitats, so for the best chance of seeing them all visit the centre on a warm, sunny day, when the animals will be basking in the sunshine!
More Information: http://www.new-forest-national-park.com/new-forest-reptile-centre.html
- Avon Tyrrell - Youth Outdoor Activity Centre
Avon Tyrrell Youth Outdoor Activity Centre is a leading outdoor learning venue offering an exciting selection of adventurous pursuits to everyone from schools and youth clubs to corporate companies and friends and family groups.
Visitors can get active with activities like mountain biking, high ropes and a zip wire to try, plus there are brilliant educational and team-building options available, with sessions like problem solving, the trust walk and plane crash scenario.
A visit to New Forest is all about getting outdoors and enjoying the countryside, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick to walking and cycling! There are an abundance of activities you and your family can try in the area, so why not give one of our top 10 ‘try something new’ suggestions a go?
- Open Top Safari
The open-top bus tour, from New Forest Tours, offers grandstand, tree-top views of the scenery, wildlife and picturesque villages in and around New Forest National Park. The view is brought to life by an educational audio commentary that explains the history of the places and people of New Forest.
The bus is run on a hop-on-hop-off basis so you are free to come and go and even switch between routes all on the same ticket. Some visitors choose to walk or cycle part of the route then jump back on the bus, which can accommodate up to four bikes for free.
More Information: http://www.thenewforesttour.info/
- The Salamander Sailing Adventure – Needles Boat Trip
The Needles Boat Trip, from Salamander’s Sailing Adventure, is a full day cruise for up to twelve guests on board the luxury Salamander yacht. The day begins with a welcome champagne breakfast, before you set sail along the western coast of the Isle of Wight.
The expedition also includes a 3 course lunch at the 17th Century George Hotel in Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight and afternoon tea on-board the Salamander.
More Information: http://www.thesalamandersailingadventure.com/#!needles-isle-of-wight-luxury-boat-trip/s09ia
If you’re visiting Boscombe Beach why not try your hand to bouldering on the purpose built features there? Offering a variety of routes to climb and traverse each feature was formed to resemble a local landmark. Visit Coastal Activity Park’s website for full details.
More Information: http://coastalactivitypark.co.uk/activities/bouldering
- Cable Wakeboarding
Thrill seekers will love cable wakeboarding at New Forest Water Park! Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced boarder the variety of set-ups at New Forest Water Park have something for you.
Beginners are encouraged to stick to the 2.0 straight line cable to get the hang of the board. While more experienced wakeboarders can hit the Rixen 5 pylon main cable and shred the park’s kickers and sliders.
The park offers a variety of sessions including a kid’s morning, development courses, beginner’s courses and a ladies morning.
More Information: http://www.newforestwaterpark.co.uk/activities/cable-wakeboard/
- Battlefield Live
Find your next adventure at Battlefield Live! Perfect for children’s parties, as a team building exercise or just for fun with a group of friends, the two hour, instructor-led sessions see you recreate combat missions in the heart of New Forest.
More Information: http://www.newforestactivities.co.uk/activities/battlefield-live/
- Sea Kayaking
Get out on the water and learn all about sea kayaking with Liquid Logistics on the pretty Hampshire coast. You’ll spend the day paddling the shoreline while an instructor guides you through basic kayaking skills and the essential safety tips you'll need to feel confident on the open sea. Experienced sea kayakers can also call ahead to plan a trip suited to their more-advanced ability.
More Information: http://www.liquidlogistics.co.uk/sea-kayaking-courses/sea-kayaking-hampshire/
- Go Ape Segway Tours
Forget seeing the forest on two legs – how about seeing it on two wheels! Go Ape Segway Tours are a fun and quirky way to see all the forest has to offer.
The hour long off-roading session includes a safety demonstration from an experienced instructor and a practice session to make sure you’ve got the hang of manoeuvring the Segway, then you’re let loose on the forest trail for your very own Segway adventure.
More Information: https://goape.co.uk/forest-segway
- Medieval Field Sports
Fancy yourself as the next Katniss Everdeen? Why not take a leaf out of the Hunger Games star’s book and try your hand at archery? At Insight Activities, the leading provider of medieval sports in Hampshire; you can practice archery clay shooting and other medieval sports including the crossbow, combat archery and axe throwing.
More Information: http://insightactivities.co.uk/medieval-field-sports/
- Go Karting
Channel your inner Lewis Hamilton and take on the 420 metre go karting track at Matchams Karting. With long straights, fast corners and tight hairpin bends, speed demons and thrill seekers will love racing the 200cc karts around the winding course.
More Information: http://www.matchamskarting.co.uk/
- Paddle Sports
Explore the beautiful coast of Milford-on-Sea by kayak or stand up paddle board with the New Forest Paddle Sport Company. Whether you’re experienced on the water or looking for a beginner’s lesson, you’re in safe hands with the BSUPA recognised school and the company offer well-maintained equipment to suit everyone from the age of 6 upwards.
Why not make an afternoon of it and try the paddling tour of Hurst Castle? The trip includes 2 hours on the water from Keyhaven to Hurst Castle, entry to the castle, lunch or afternoon tea and a trip back on the Hurst Castle Ferry. The price for adults is £35 and for children £25