Guidebook for The New Forest National Park

Jo
Guidebook for The New Forest National Park

Food Scene

We are so lucky to have this award winning family run establishment on our doorstep. You can eat, drink and shop there for some local produce and it's a lovely short stroll down the lane. Great cooked breakfast!
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Hockey's Farm Shop
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We are so lucky to have this award winning family run establishment on our doorstep. You can eat, drink and shop there for some local produce and it's a lovely short stroll down the lane. Great cooked breakfast!
Quintessential English country pub. Very peaceful outdoor space. A lovely 20 minute walk away. Closed Sunday nights and Mondays (and sometimes Tuesdays - please phone and check to avoid disappointment).
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The Royal Oak
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Quintessential English country pub. Very peaceful outdoor space. A lovely 20 minute walk away. Closed Sunday nights and Mondays (and sometimes Tuesdays - please phone and check to avoid disappointment).
I just love The Potting Shed. I love the style of it, the pretty garden and the food ! It is delicious. It is a beautiful 20 minute walk away in the village of Hyde across the common at the back of us 95% all off road through the New Forest. Dogs are allowed. During the summer they sometimes have a lovely vintage ice cream van serving in the car park. They also do supper nights and tapas evenings. Check their website for details or Facebook. So lucky to have this in our doorstep. Closed on Mondays.
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The Potting Shed hyde
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I just love The Potting Shed. I love the style of it, the pretty garden and the food ! It is delicious. It is a beautiful 20 minute walk away in the village of Hyde across the common at the back of us 95% all off road through the New Forest. Dogs are allowed. During the summer they sometimes have a lovely vintage ice cream van serving in the car park. They also do supper nights and tapas evenings. Check their website for details or Facebook. So lucky to have this in our doorstep. Closed on Mondays.
Basically just yum and the interior is gorgeous. It’s a beautiful drive over there all the way through the open New Forest. To top it all off they serve Hoxton gin which I love! It also has a gorgeous gift shop.
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The Rockingham Arms
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Basically just yum and the interior is gorgeous. It’s a beautiful drive over there all the way through the open New Forest. To top it all off they serve Hoxton gin which I love! It also has a gorgeous gift shop.
Beautiful Hotel/restaurant in a beautiful spot on the coast. Worth going just for a drink and a lovely walk. Get the little car ferry from Sandbanks over to Studland which takes about 5 minutes.
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The Pig - on the beach
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Beautiful Hotel/restaurant in a beautiful spot on the coast. Worth going just for a drink and a lovely walk. Get the little car ferry from Sandbanks over to Studland which takes about 5 minutes.
A rustic shabby chic style cafe/restaurant/bar on Ringwood highstreet.
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Framptons
48-50 High St
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A rustic shabby chic style cafe/restaurant/bar on Ringwood highstreet.
Nice Italian
V & G's
12 West St
Nice Italian
Lovely pub positioned right on the River Avon next to the medieval bridge in Fordingbridge. Has a good menu.
The George
14 Bridge St
Lovely pub positioned right on the River Avon next to the medieval bridge in Fordingbridge. Has a good menu.
Lovely thatched pub serving great food in a village full of chocolate box cottages. Rockbourne is approx. 10 mins outside Fordingbridge.
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The Rose and Thistle
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Lovely thatched pub serving great food in a village full of chocolate box cottages. Rockbourne is approx. 10 mins outside Fordingbridge.
A stunning setting looking out across the harbour to Mudeford Spit and absolutely gorgeous fine dining! At its best in lovely weather.
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The Jetty
95 Mudeford
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A stunning setting looking out across the harbour to Mudeford Spit and absolutely gorgeous fine dining! At its best in lovely weather.
The original ‘Pig’ which lead the way for its sister ‘Pigs’. If you want to go for a meal somewhere really special then take a scenic drive from us over to Brockenhurst all through the New Forest to The Pig which was featured on BBC2’s Remarkable Places. The building, interior and gardens are beautiful so I’d advise arriving in daylight and have plenty of time there to relax. All the food on the menu is sourced from within 25 miles and the vegetables are grown in the walled kitchen garden.
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The Pig
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The original ‘Pig’ which lead the way for its sister ‘Pigs’. If you want to go for a meal somewhere really special then take a scenic drive from us over to Brockenhurst all through the New Forest to The Pig which was featured on BBC2’s Remarkable Places. The building, interior and gardens are beautiful so I’d advise arriving in daylight and have plenty of time there to relax. All the food on the menu is sourced from within 25 miles and the vegetables are grown in the walled kitchen garden.
A must visit for their famous award winning pork pies as seen on BBC2’s Remarkable Places! Crow Farm shop is near Ringwood and also has a cafe.
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Crow Farm Shop
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A must visit for their famous award winning pork pies as seen on BBC2’s Remarkable Places! Crow Farm shop is near Ringwood and also has a cafe.
I know! Another local pub called The Royal Oak but this one is in Fritham. This tiny quirky little pub Featured on BBC2’s Remarkable places. The Royal Oak at Fritham is famous for its very minimal menu of serving different types of Ploughman’s but boy do they know how to do a Ploughman’s! From our place it’s a stunning bike ride deep through the heart of the New Forest along gravel tracks which take you through stunning enclosures. It would probably take an hour to an hour and a half if you ride straight there. If you stop and enjoy some of the peace and quiet and scenery then allow longer. But of course, you can also drive!
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The Royal Oak
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I know! Another local pub called The Royal Oak but this one is in Fritham. This tiny quirky little pub Featured on BBC2’s Remarkable places. The Royal Oak at Fritham is famous for its very minimal menu of serving different types of Ploughman’s but boy do they know how to do a Ploughman’s! From our place it’s a stunning bike ride deep through the heart of the New Forest along gravel tracks which take you through stunning enclosures. It would probably take an hour to an hour and a half if you ride straight there. If you stop and enjoy some of the peace and quiet and scenery then allow longer. But of course, you can also drive!
The Railway Hotel used to be a pub called The Augustus John and has recently undergone a huge renovation by the new owner to transform it back to resemble what it was in a previous life - Fordingbridge’s railway station!
The Railway Hotel
116 Station Road
The Railway Hotel used to be a pub called The Augustus John and has recently undergone a huge renovation by the new owner to transform it back to resemble what it was in a previous life - Fordingbridge’s railway station!
This photo of the interior of The Three Lions is out of date. It is under new ownership and has been completely refurbished and modernised (2021) and now has a lovely interior. A lovely place to go on a sunny day or evening to have a drink on the terrace and enjoy a meal.
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The Three Lions
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This photo of the interior of The Three Lions is out of date. It is under new ownership and has been completely refurbished and modernised (2021) and now has a lovely interior. A lovely place to go on a sunny day or evening to have a drink on the terrace and enjoy a meal.
Really lovely pub with plenty of parking round the back. Very tasteful modern but country interior. Lots of exposed beams, farrow and ball colours and and exposed brick. About a 15 minute drive away going in the Salisbury direction.
The Goat
62 The Borough
Really lovely pub with plenty of parking round the back. Very tasteful modern but country interior. Lots of exposed beams, farrow and ball colours and and exposed brick. About a 15 minute drive away going in the Salisbury direction.
The best fish and chips ever!! You can also order online.
Prices Fish And Chips
38-40 Christchurch Road
The best fish and chips ever!! You can also order online.
We use this Indian when we want a takeaway because they will deliver and you can do it all online!
Indian Tree
14 Market Pl
We use this Indian when we want a takeaway because they will deliver and you can do it all online!

Sightseeing

A bustly little market town. We really like Lymington. It has the best of both worlds - the new forest on the doorstep and a marina. From Lymington you can get a ferry (45 min crossing) over to the Isle of Wight.
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Lymington
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A bustly little market town. We really like Lymington. It has the best of both worlds - the new forest on the doorstep and a marina. From Lymington you can get a ferry (45 min crossing) over to the Isle of Wight.
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Lyndhurst
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Park up at the Priory Car park ideally. From here you can walk through the grounds of the Priory into town. From the car park you can also head in the opposite direction and walk to Christchurch Quay where you can walk along the waters edge to the Captains Club Hotel for a drink and/or a meal. The Boathouse cafe/restaurant on the green at the quay is also good. From Christchurch Quay you can also jump on a lovely little boat and be taken down river (approx. a 20 minute ride) to Mudeford Sandspit which is a lovely beach hut lined beach where you can chill for a few hours or walk to Hengitsbury Head or get another ferry (5mins) over to Mudeford Quay. (See details on Mudeford Quay and Hengitsbury Head). One of our favourite things to do. Especially when our boys were little!
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Christchurch
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Park up at the Priory Car park ideally. From here you can walk through the grounds of the Priory into town. From the car park you can also head in the opposite direction and walk to Christchurch Quay where you can walk along the waters edge to the Captains Club Hotel for a drink and/or a meal. The Boathouse cafe/restaurant on the green at the quay is also good. From Christchurch Quay you can also jump on a lovely little boat and be taken down river (approx. a 20 minute ride) to Mudeford Sandspit which is a lovely beach hut lined beach where you can chill for a few hours or walk to Hengitsbury Head or get another ferry (5mins) over to Mudeford Quay. (See details on Mudeford Quay and Hengitsbury Head). One of our favourite things to do. Especially when our boys were little!
One of my favourite places! After exploring the quay you can have a short stroll along Avon Beach to the ‘Noisy Lobster’ cafe. You could walk all the way along to Highcliffe Castle! Or from the quay jump on board the little foot ferry and take the 5 minute crossing over to Mudeford Sandspit which is a gorgeous sandy beach lined with lovely beach huts and there’s some quirky eating/drinking places over there too.
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Mudeford Quay
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One of my favourite places! After exploring the quay you can have a short stroll along Avon Beach to the ‘Noisy Lobster’ cafe. You could walk all the way along to Highcliffe Castle! Or from the quay jump on board the little foot ferry and take the 5 minute crossing over to Mudeford Sandspit which is a gorgeous sandy beach lined with lovely beach huts and there’s some quirky eating/drinking places over there too.
A must visit. Dogs welcome. One of our favourite days out. Now if you’ve read the details about Mudeford Quay then you know that you can get a ferry from there over to Mudeford Sandspit. Well, the Sandspit also connects up to Hengitsbury Head!! Alternatively you can do it the other way around and drive to Hengitsbury Head (approx a 30 min drive depending on traffic) where you’ll find a huge car park and The Hungry Hiker cafe. You can then get to the Mudeford Sandspit one of 4 ways: 1. Jump on the land train 2. Walk on the tarmac path under the trees along the waters edge (same route as land train) 3. Walk around to the Sandspit long Hengitsbury Head beach 4. Walk up and over the headland to the Sandspit You can then also get the ferry from the Sandspit over to Mudeford Quay if you want to. There is also a little ferry that goes from the same pontoon on the Sandspit and takes you to the town of Christchurch across the harbour and then up the river.
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Hengistbury Head
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A must visit. Dogs welcome. One of our favourite days out. Now if you’ve read the details about Mudeford Quay then you know that you can get a ferry from there over to Mudeford Sandspit. Well, the Sandspit also connects up to Hengitsbury Head!! Alternatively you can do it the other way around and drive to Hengitsbury Head (approx a 30 min drive depending on traffic) where you’ll find a huge car park and The Hungry Hiker cafe. You can then get to the Mudeford Sandspit one of 4 ways: 1. Jump on the land train 2. Walk on the tarmac path under the trees along the waters edge (same route as land train) 3. Walk around to the Sandspit long Hengitsbury Head beach 4. Walk up and over the headland to the Sandspit You can then also get the ferry from the Sandspit over to Mudeford Quay if you want to. There is also a little ferry that goes from the same pontoon on the Sandspit and takes you to the town of Christchurch across the harbour and then up the river.
A lovely New Forest village with an Abbey and a beautiful walk along the waters edge and through woodland to Bucklers Hard. Also home of Beaulieu Motor Museum.
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Beaulieu
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A lovely New Forest village with an Abbey and a beautiful walk along the waters edge and through woodland to Bucklers Hard. Also home of Beaulieu Motor Museum.
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Burley
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You can actually have a lovely beach walk to this castle if you park up at Avon Beach or Mudeford Quay.
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Highcliffe Castle
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You can actually have a lovely beach walk to this castle if you park up at Avon Beach or Mudeford Quay.
Great buzzy little town with lovely shops, cafes and restaurants. Great place to go at night too.
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Wimborne Minster
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Great buzzy little town with lovely shops, cafes and restaurants. Great place to go at night too.
Ringwood is bigger than Fordingbridge and has a lot more there. The Furlong shopping centre has some nice shops and cafes.
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Ringwood
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Ringwood is bigger than Fordingbridge and has a lot more there. The Furlong shopping centre has some nice shops and cafes.
Wonderful medieval cathedral city just 25 minutes away.
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솔즈베리
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Wonderful medieval cathedral city just 25 minutes away.
Bath is a wonderful medieval city which is approx. 1 hour 15 minutes away by car.
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바스
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Bath is a wonderful medieval city which is approx. 1 hour 15 minutes away by car.
Another wonderful city
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Winchester
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Another wonderful city

Parks & Nature

It's on your doorstep!
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뉴 포레스트 국립공원
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It's on your doorstep!
Great for bird life.
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Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve
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Great for bird life.

Water sports

Wake boarding, paddle boarding, kayaking and an amazing inflatable Aqua Park. Loads of fun and just a 5 minute drive away off the A338 between Ringwood and Fordingbridge.
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New Forest Water Park
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Activities

Lovely riding stables with access directly out onto the New Forest. About 5 minutes outside Fordingbridge.
Arniss Equestrian
Lovely riding stables with access directly out onto the New Forest. About 5 minutes outside Fordingbridge.
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New Forest Activities
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