Discover the natural beauty and history of the New Forest with many activities and places to visit on foot, by bike, as part of a guided tour, by bus, car or even on horseback! With its quaint villages and historic towns, there are so many places to explore throughout the New Forest, from hamlets hidden deep in the forest to seaside towns and villages dotted along the coast. The forest is also full of roaming wildlife including the famous New Forest ponies. As well as the enchanting New Forest, the county of Hampshire is home to many towns and villages just waiting to be discovered along its coastline and throughout the beautiful countryside. The county of Wiltshire offers many places to explore, from its pretty market towns and quaint villages to areas of outstanding natural beauty and rolling countryside. Known as the â€˜city in the countrysideâ€™, Salisbury
is well known for its timber-frame buildings and iconic early-English Gothic Cathedral, home to the bestpreserved copy of the Magna Carta. Visit nearby Somerset with its vast expanse of open countryside, villages and bustling market towns alongside a rich heritage of history and legend, as well as popular attractions and activities. Explore this guide for further ideas and inspiration and see the map on pages 66 and 67 for their approximate locations.
Did you know? Henry VIII tried to rid the New Forest of its iconic ponies but local people protected them - just like they still do today.