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The magical forest in the south
New Forest (Hampshire)
Member Name: ruthosborne1
New Forest (Hampshire)
Advantages: Beautiful in all seasons, much to do and see
The new forest for me is the most beautiful area in the south and I absolutely adore it. I live very near to the forest and it is a magical, enchanting and mystical land combining of high density forested areas and barren lands, wild poines and cows.
The area originally was founded and owned by william the conqurer in 1079 and used as an area for him to hunt deer, whilst he took residence at his hunting lodge of rhinefield house hotel situated on the edge of brockenhurst. The most exquisite hotel in the forest if you are intending to stay anywhere for a truely magical trip stay here.
The whole area comprises of many villages stretching from ringwood, hampshire to southampton and stretches to the area of lymington which sits by the sea. Its now of national park status which has brought with it pros and cons but overall the land is now protected and can be used for walking, riding, picnics in certain areas and villages have specific camping areas where you can stay in the heart of the forest.
Burley within the forest is the home of witchcraft and the new forest covern which still exists today. There are numerous witch craft shops, with beautiful artefacts within them and you may occassionally come across some areas where practice of the craft has taken place. If you are into this source of religion they even have witch craft workshops advertsied which could be rather interesting!
Pubs are beautiful all over the new forest and it would be rare to find a bad one. They nearly all accept dogs and recommended are the alice lisle in blashford, high corner and the red shoot. The white buck in burley holds significance to the hunt which unfortunately is a area of debate within the forest but albeit this is a lovely pub and hotel to.
All seasons in the forest are devine and you cant beat the views and scenery, scents and smells whilst walking. I have spent many an hour sitting and reading and picnicing with my family and freinds and soaking up every inch of beauty and magic. A particularly beautiful area is the arboretum situated just outside of rhinefirled on ornamental drive and is an area where specific tress from all over the world have been planted and they have plaques to state what they are and a trail around them. This is also the area to view the tall trees which are remarkable.
Deer and ponies are a plenty and there are specific deer viewing points which are wonderful to see and if youre lucky enough you might even get to see the white buck which is a rare occurance. Ponies roam the roads and streets so beware when you are driving as there are speed limits throughout and they jump and run out alot.
You cant go wrong when visiting the forest its just so incredibly beautiful and there is much to do and see as well as various locations with museums and activity points as well as the wanders through the village centres with chraming shops.
Summary: An area of exquisite beauty and national park status
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