My Top 5 Places To Visit In The New Forest

We’re lucky to live fairly close to the New Forest and visit quite often throughout the year. There are so many places to visit in the New Forest that you’ll always discover something new. It’s a fab place to go for a walk and the bonus is that it’s completely free! Wherever you park up you can walk for miles and always find great scenery, ponies, country pubs and plenty of fresh air.

I get a lot of people on Instagram asking whereabouts in the New Forest my photos are taken so here are my top 5 places to visit in the New Forest…


We’ve only recently discovered Fritham and it’s a great place for a day out. There’s the tiniest pub with fairy doors and an ice cream hut in the garden. Then if you walk a little way into the forest there’s a lake that’s great for paddling in and having a picnic next to. Watch out for cows on the road!


Lyndhurst is a little village right in the middle of the New Forest with lots of coffee shops, pubs, gift shops, a museum and lots of New Forest ponies. It’s a lovely place to go for a wander. You can walk for miles into the forest and head back for cake or a pub lunch afterwards. This is usually our winter walk destination and we warm up with a hot chocolate afterwards.

Hatchet Pond

Another place that’s good for a paddle is Hatchet pond just past Beaulieu. The sign says no swimming but it’s ok for the kids to paddle at the edge. There’s always some friendly donkeys or ponies nearby, swans swimming in the lake, and there’s usually an ice cream van parked in the car park. It’s very close to Beaulieu if you want to head for a drink afterwards.

Paddling in the New Forest ❤

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Another great village in the New Forest. Burley isn’t a very big place but has pubs, ice cream shops, cafes, a cider farm and lots of gift shops. Keep an eye out for all of the associations with witchcraft on shop signs and in the windows – apparently, a white witch lived there in the 1800s. There are New Forest ponies wandering around everywhere, stood in the middle of the pavements which can be quite funny if you’re not used to it.

Balmer Lawn

Next to the Balmer Lawn hotel just outside Brockenhurst is a fab place for a picnic. There’s a big grassy area right next to a shallow stream that’s always full of kids paddling whatever the weather. As with most places in the New Forest, there’s lots of ponies wandering around, as well as a few cows.

Have you visited any of these New Forest gems? Where are your favourite places to visit in the New Forest?


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13 thoughts on “My Top 5 Places To Visit In The New Forest

  1. Tracey Bowden says:

    I’ve never been to the New Forest but I love the sound of the little villages and your picture at Hatchet Pond is just gorgeous Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

  2. Samantha Bye says:

    I really need to visit the New Forest! It looks so lush and green. I also didn’t realise there was lots of different places within it – geography never has been my strong point!

  3. Maria says:

    We went to the New Forest pre-kids and stayed in Lyndhurst. It was lovely and we’ve been meaning to go back. Will have to check these other places out. #KCACOLS

  4. Angela says:

    There are some lovely places to visit in the New Forest. We’re quite close as well but don’t visit often enough.

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