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New Forest (Slow Travel)

Slow New Forest travel guide. Holiday advice and tourist information cover walking, cycling, wildlife, rural pubs, accommodation, royal hunting forests, Hampshire villages and coast. Exploration of the National Park includes Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Burley, Hurst Castle, ponies, fables, plus insights into the historic commons system of grazing.

About this book

This new, thoroughly updated and expanded second edition of Bradt’s New Forest – part of the award-winning ‘Slow travel’ series of guides to UK regions – focuses on this peaceful, enchanting area in Hampshire. Walkers, cyclists, wildlife lovers, families and foodies are all catered for, with coverage of a wide range of attractions. The only comprehensive travel guidebook to this compact, increasingly popular National Park barely 90 minutes from London, it contains all the practical information you need to enjoy time here, including accommodation options ranging from fine hotels to pop-up campsites where grazing ponies may nose at your tent flap.

Such free-roaming animals are integral to both the New Forest’s charm and its suitability for a Slow guide. Here ponies and cows routinely halt traffic, while donkeys peer into shop windows. In a region named one of the world’s top 10 destinations for outdoors enthusiasts in the 2022 TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards, truly wild creatures abound too. Sites of Special Scientific Interest cover over half the National Park. All the UK’s six native reptile species occur, alongside its largest population of Dartford warblers. Given the region’s name, the landscape varies surprisingly. Wander through ancient, broad-leaved woodlands originally established as hunting grounds for King William I (William the Conqueror), or marvel at towering conifers at Rhinefield Arboretum. Explore miles of heathland, the yachting town of Lymington or the great coastal spit leading to Hurst Castle (where the ghost of King Charles I is said to wander by night). Alternatively, visit distinctive villages from 13th-century Beaulieu, with its Abbey, Palace and National Motor Museum, to Burley, infamous for witchcraft.

Alongside providing practical information with a personal touch, experienced travel writer and local resident Emily Laurence Baker leads visitors behind the scenes to explain the ‘working Forest’, outlining how various organisations manage the land, how grazing animals have shaped it for centuries, and how the ‘commons’ system functions. She further brings the New Forest to life through interviews with local people, from butchers to conservationists, and ‘agisters’ to ‘verderers’, making Bradt’s New Forest the must-have guide for all visitors to this beguiling region.

About the Author

USA-born Emily Laurence Baker (www.emilylaurencebaker.com) has lived in England for more than 30 years, dividing her time between London and the New Forest since 2002. Her love for the Forest developed from understanding how animals and humans work together to maintain this historic and diverse landscape. A keen cyclist and walker, she loves to explore hidden corners of the Forest that reveal both natural and human stories. Her dual nationality furnishes a dual perspective on the Forest – viewing the region with the enthusiasm of a newcomer but the insights and experience of a local. As a journalist, her articles on numerous topics have been published in The New York Times, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times, Psychologies and many other publications. She’s also written the London edition of City Walks with Kids for Chronicle Books.

Reviews

‘Emily is able to celebrate the special qualities of the New Forest and the people and wildlife that live there.’
Southern Daily Echo

Additional Information

Table of Contents

Going Slow in The New Forest
Chapter 1 The North and West
Chapter 2 The Southwest, Brockenhurst and Lymington Coast
Chapter 3 Lyndhurst, Beaulieu and the east
Appendices
Accommodation
Index

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