New Forest National Park

New Forest National Park Location

New Forest National Park Location

At around 900 years old, the name of this National Park is a little misleading. It was actually created back in 1079 as a private hunting ground for William the Conqueror and its ancient landscape has changed little since.

Its 220 square miles lies within Hampshire on England’s central-southern coast. The Park’s landscape is unique, and includes woodland, open heathland, river and coastal habitats. Much of it is important for nature conservation with around a half also recognised as being nationally or internationally valuable.

Along the way you’re likely to see some of the 3,000 New Forest ponies. They’ve lived in the area for around 2,000 years and although not wild, are as close to it as you can get. They roam the area freely along with deer, cattle, donkeys, pigs and sheep.

The New Forest is also a stronghold for bats. It’s thought that 13 out of the 18 UK species can be found here. And all six species of deer found in the wild in the UK have been recorded at various times in the New Forest too, although you’re most likely to see fallow and roe deer.

One of the special qualities of the National Park is the freedom it offers to ramble across unenclosed land. It also has 143 miles of track suitable for walking, cycling and horse riding.

Camping in New Forest National Park