The New Forest offers both history and wildlife to its visitors

One of the most important wildlife locations in the UK is The New Forest. Established by William the Conqueror in 1079 for Royalty to indulge their love of hunting, today it is an area full of various animal species including badgers, deer and rare birds.

The New Forest also serves as a working farm, with cows and ponies wandering the fields and visitors need to take care when driving through the area as livestock have been known to wander on to the roads on occasion.

Lyndhurst, a village in the centre of The New Forest hosts most of the administrative offices; visitors can browse through the Information Center and discover most of the attractions on offer. The village itself has an extensive network of walking tracks in and just outside the town area.

Tourists often take the open top bus guided tour as a way to see and hear about the area. The bus stops at all the major attractions and has a facility to carry bikes and visitors can get off at any time to experience riding the many different grades of tracks in the area.

Probably the best known attraction in The New Forest is the National Motor Museum, which is in Beaulieu. Numerous parks and gardens also feature and for something a little more adventurous Marchwood’s Otter, Owl and Wildlife Park is a must-do in The New Forest.

A highlight of the area’s calendar is The New Forest Show. This is an equestrian and agricultural fair which is held in July promoting rural activities and offers vendors the chance to sell their produce.

Not far away from The New Forest is some wonderful coastline with beaches like Highcliffe and Milford-on-Sea offering coastal walks boasting magnificent views. Nearby on the Beaulieu River is the Buckler’s Hard visitor centre which has many exhibitions detailing the area’s rich maritime background.