Thursday, 9 April 2015

Horses of the New Forest

I love long weekends, because you can get away without taking any time off work. Last Easter weekend, my friend and I decided to go hiking and biking in the New Forest.

The New Forest is a national park that is really easy to get to from London as it's just an hour and half's train ride away from here. It was created as a hunting ground by William the Conqueror and now it's the perfect place for bike rides and country walks through its dense woodlands and colourful heaths. There are lots of lakes, bogs and swamps and we even spotted a group deer running away from us.

The forest is dotted with cute villages with thatched roofed cottages that I would swap with my London shoe box any day. There are cosy pubs with sunny beer gardens. We stayed in Brockenhurst, which is one of the bigger villages and its main street is lined with cute eateries and tea shops.

The best part of the New Forest are, however, the ponies and horses that roam free around the park and even through the villages. Most houses have cattle grid at the end of their drive way to prevent them from walking up to their front door.  

This was my second time visiting the New Forest, but I have a feeling I will be back for more.


  1. Lovely! I am a bit horse mad so love the New Forest. The chocolate box villages are adorable too.
    Polly xx

  2. The New Forest is very, very pretty. We stayed in Brockenhurst too, can't remember it's name but it was a pub B&B that was great (and very handy!). I remember going on a fairly long walk through the forest and we saw so many deer too, they were all over the place.

    Gosh, that was a while ago though - really have the urge now to go back.

    1. It is really lovely. I agree and great for long walks.