I travel so much that sometimes I forget how beautiful the UK is. Recently however, I took a little trip to The New Forest, an area in South West Hampshire around 2 1/2 hours drive from London. You hear the term, area of outstanding natural beauty a lot, but it rings true for the New Forest, it’s lush green and meadowy, with wild berries and roaming animals.
Where to stay – Why not camp?..The New Forest has endless campsites, some very well equipped and all well maintained & certainly picturesque. I stayed at the Roundhill Campsite near Brockenhurst; on a Saturday in August it was fully booked so luckily I’d reserved a spot in advance. 500 unmarked camping pitches including some with spectacular views over the horses in the meadows with prices ranging from £16 – £32 depending on time of year and weekends etc. The toilets/showers were plentiful and very clean, plus there was a lovely little lake that the donkeys came to drink at.
What to do – The beauty of the New Forest is that with very limited signal you really can get back to nature. Make use of the hiking trails, pick berries in the fields or find one of the rope swings and go back to being a kid!
Make sure to note some of the wild animals living in the area; wild horses and donkeys as well as deer and even some pigs!
Where to eat – There’s endless places to go for a fabulous roast in the surrounding villages, but a top tip is to book in advance at The Pig. It’s a lovely hotel & restaurant surrounded by pretty gardens and has plenty of cosy outside seating as well as a nice terrace to dine on. There was even a Chase bar outside serving speciality cocktails & G&Ts.