Stunning scenery, quaint villages and rare wildlife- the New Forest is something of a haven and the perfect destination for a romantic getaway this Valentines.
If your better half is a wildlife lover the New Forest won’t disappoint.The area is home to a wealth of rare wildlife, deer and of course the New Forest Pony- one of the most recognised native pony breeds in Britain. The Forest’s famous ponies, donkeys and cattle are able to roam freely in the National Park and even have right of way over cars on the road!
There are plenty of ways to explore the beauty of the Forest, from walking and cycling to horse riding. There are over 100 miles of off road cycling routes through the open heathland and sheltered woods. Most routes are relatively flat so you don’t need to be a fitness fanatic to enjoy and you can bring your own bikes or hire them when you are there.
Walking is another leisurely way to take in the ancient woodlands and discover the wildlife. There are over 143 miles of public footpaths snaking through the forest, heathlands and even taking in the seashore- ideal for a romantic stroll along the beach.
Why not experience the beauty of the forest on horseback? Horse riding is a popular activity in the New Forest and with numerous riding schools offering courses and escorted hacks (leisurely rides) you don’t need to be a seasoned rider.
The stunning Beaulieu River Nature Reserve can also be found in the New Forest. If being on the water is more your cup of tea, New Forest Activities are offering a romantic 3 hours guided tour on the River this Valentines. The trip includes a leisurely 3 hour paddle with knowledgeable guides, a stop at a pub for a tipple and a locally made gift for the ladies. It’s recommended you pack yourwaterproofs and a flask of tea! Find out more and book on the New Forest Activities website.
The New Forest is home to a number of pretty and peaceful villages. Whether tasting cream teas in Burley, visiting the New Forest Museum in Lyndhurst or eating fish and chips together in Milford on Sea, the New Forest has a lot to offer. There are also many cottage B&Bs and guest houses for when you want to get your head down at the end of the day.
Planning on a proposal? Why not pay a visit to the hamlet of Lover, which sits on the border with Hampshire and The New Forest National Park. Not ready to get down on bended knee? It’s a great photo opportunity anyway.