A trip to the New Forest is about as close as you can get to going on safari without buying a plane ticket. As you make your way down dappled lanes and across the heather-covered heath you’ll be watched the famous ponies, which have grazed there for thousands of years, plus free-ranging Highland cattle and pigs hoovering up fallen acorns. Don’t fancy being stuck in the car all day? Hire a two-seater electric Twizzy buggy to explore in, or book a beginners’ hack at one of the stables. Don’t forget to make time for a proper ploughman’s lunch at the Royal Oak in Fritham.
Including one of the largest areas of open heathland and forest in England’s south east, the best things to do in the New Forest are simply stunners. Encompassing parts of Hampshire, east Dorset and Wiltshire, its boundaries are similar to the picturesque New Forest National Park. Lush scenery makes this part of England particuarly popular for outdoor activities, whether that’s horse riding, paddle boarding, hiking or wild pony-spotting. Fancy exploring this special part of the English countryside? We’ve rounded up the very best things to do in the New Forest