Winter Wonderland in the New Forest

By: Go New Forest
BASINGSTOKE, U.K. - Jan. 11, 2024 - PRLog -- The New Forest is a genuine four-season destination, and the winter months can be one of the most rewarding times of year to visit.

Blue sunny skies, crisp winter walk with man's best friend, and a crackling open fire in a cosy pub, for a rewarding pint afterwards.

Here are just some ideas of things to do in the New Forest this winter…

Crisp winter walks ( Enjoy the peace of the forest when the tracks and trails are quieter.  Try the Burley walk with views of heathland and wetland, or Whitefield Moor with its romantic views across a stunning landscape – perfect at sunset. Travelling with a family? Why not take your little ones for a walk? They'd love to swish their wellies through the carpets of leaves and see if they can identify the bare trees from their structure alone.

Bird watching:  The winter months are a great time for bird watching; a great place to visit for birding in the winter is the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust's Blashford Lakes nature reserve in the Avon Valley, near Ringwood.  Here, huge flocks of overwintering birds fly onto the lakes to roost during the winter months.  Or, head to the marshes of Keyhaven on the coast to spot species including herons.

Pub lunches (  There's nothing better than sitting in front of a roaring log fire in one of the New Forest's cosy country pubs after a chilly winter walk, to tuck into a traditional roast, and many forest pubs feature local produce. Try the Waterloo Arms or the New Forest Inn at Lyndhurst, The Filly Inn near Brockenhurst, or the Trusty Servant at Minstead, to name just some.

Museums and attractions ( The New Forest is home to more museums than you might think, such as the famous National Motor Museum and Palace House at Beaulieu, the quirky St Barbe Museum at Lymington – which runs a packed programme of exhibitions and events year-round – the New Forest Heritage Centre in Lyndhurst, the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum at New Milton, and historic Breamore House near Fordingbridge.

Cycle trails (  The New Forest has more off-road cycling paths than anywhere else in the UK, thanks to the old logging tracks. Bring your own bike, or go to one of the forest's cycle hire centres such Cyclexperience at Brockenhurst (which has an app with downloadable routes), New Forest Cycling at Burley, or New Forest Bikes at Lymington.

For further information about the New Forest, including every type of accommodation including hotels to suit every budget, B&Bs, cosy cottages, holiday parks and good old campsites visit

Mick Thompson, Travel Dog PR
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