A wealth of activities can be experienced at nearby Moors Valley, part of Ringwood Forest, an easy walk from our location. Walking, cycling and Free activities for children’s play are at Moors Valley Country Park. Visitors are invited to bring their own bicycles to Forester’s Cottage, they can be parked undercover using your own security device. Or in Moors Valley Country Park, bicycles of all types can be hired. Ringwood Forest and Moors Valley offer great off-road cycling, lovely walks through woodland trails, there are tree top routes, forest adventure play for a range of ages. Go-Ape zip wire through the forest and Go-Ape Segway rides, as well as, Moors Valley Steam Railway – enjoy a ride on the longest narrow gauge railway in the south. See: www.moors-valley.co.uk
Get your bike out and / or your walking shoes on, there’s plenty of off road paths and tracks to explore from Forester’s Cottage. You’ll have space to get your steps in with a weekend getaway, short break or holiday.
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‘GO NEW FOREST’ DISCOUNT CARD PROVIDED FREE FOR THE USE OF OUR VISITORS. This is a discount scheme provided by lots of businesses in and around the New Forest National Park.
The New Forest National Park Covering approx..120sq.miles. We feel privileged to be on the border of The New Forest, our visitors can experience both the north and south of the forest, exploring ancient woodland, walking, cycling or horse riding on miles off road tracks, country lanes and roads shared with ponies, cattle, donkeys and pigs. Forest Inns offer delicious menus and local beers, interesting village shops and farmers markets produce a range of items that cannot be purchased elsewhere. Experience something different, share your time and space with a variety of wildlife. Visit the New Forest Centre at Lyndhurst. Discover where the forest meets the sea. These are just some of the places to visit around the New Forest: See: www.newforestnpa.gov.uk
Beaulieu Motor Museum – www.beaulieu.co.uk
Bucklers Hard on the Beaulieu River – www.bucklershard.co.uk
New Forest Activities – www.newforestactivities.co.uk
Paulton’s Park & Peppa Pig World – www.paultonspark.co.uk
The Southern Coastal Beaches – Golden sands, candy floss and deck chairs are about 10 miles away at Bournemouth, Boscombe and Southborne. The southern coast beaches at Avon beach Christchurch, Highcliffe and Barton on Sea give way to natural landscape. At the beautiful headland of Hengistbury Head a land train will take you from the car park down to Mudeford Sand, push chairs, bikes and dogs can be taken on the land train. For walkers, follow the land train route or take the a steep path and steps over the headland, you will be rewarded with spectacular sea views, the sound of sea birds and views over Christchurch harbour. Once at Mudeford Sand there are trails to explore, a sandy beach, restaurant and passenger ferry to Mudeford Quay famous for old smuggling tales, line- crabbing, sea trips, fishing, kayaking, sailing and paddle boarding. Visit: www.visithengistburyhead.co.uk
The Jurassic Coast – Dinosaurs & Fossils (Approx.28 miles to Lulworth Cove)
Along the Dorset coast, from the Old Harry Rocks heading west, the coast takes a plunge back in time. Take the ferry from Sandbanks to Studland and follow the old road along the coast to Swanage or round to Corfe Castle and to Lulworth Cove. The steep walk over the cliff from Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door is well worth the effort, but remember to take bottled water with you, there are no facilities at Durdle Door. This ancient and spectacular coast has fascinating history of dinosaurs and sea monsters on view in the Etches Museum at Kimmeridge, at low tide Kimmeridge bay is a great place for fossil hunting and rock pooling. Visit: www.jurassiccoast.org/fossilhunting
More Places to Visit Within Easy Reach of Forester’s Cottage:
Stonehenge: (28/30 miles). See:www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/
Longleat Safari Park and House (Approx: 37 miles: See https://www.longleat.co.uk/
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (Approx.47 miles): www.historicdockyard.co.uk
HMS Victory, HMS Marie Rose, HMS Warrior, Submarines and Action Stations, harbour tours and loads more. Trip Advisor recommended Best Day Out.
The Isle of Wight (35 – 40 miles): Take the car ferry from Lymington to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight to see: Carisbrooke Castle which still has water drawn up the well by resident donkeys. Visit: www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/carisbrooke-castle/
Osborne House, home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Visit: www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/osborne/