Camping in the New Forest National Park

New Forest National Park Location

New Forest National Park Location

The landscape of the New Forest is unique with woodland, open heathland, river and coastal habitats of which all has a huge role in the parks nature conservation. Despite its name, the new forest is over 900 years old and was first created back in 1079 as a private hunting ground for William the conqueror.

When camping in the New Forest you’re likely to see some of the 3,000 ponies. They’ve lived in the forest for 2,000 years and are as close to being wild as ponies can get! Other free roaming animals include 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 campers across unenclosed land. There is 143 miles of track suitable for walking, cycling and horse riding.

Camping in New Forest National Park