Welcome to the
New Forest National Park!
The New Forest National Park lies within the county of Hampshire, on the south-central coast of England, and is Britain's smallest National Park.
The Park is predominantly occupied by an area called the New Forest, approximately 150 square miles in size and once a royal hunting ground for King William I and his noblemen, in the 12th century AD.
The rare blend of open heathlands and ancient woodlands makes the New Forest - affectionately called the Forest by locals - a unique and very special place indeed, the underlying features of which have changed little over the centuries.
The National Park status (given March 2005) was awarded to the New Forest and immediate surrounding area in recognition of the many qualities that the Forest holds. Although received with mixed feelings, the new status will ensure the exciting and secure future that the area deserves.
This website has been created by someone local to the New Forest, to help share the atmosphere of this very unique part of southern England.
From the pages within this site you'll find plenty of interesting information covering all aspects of the New Forest National Park, in particular the Forest itself. Pages that will show you...
- New Forest history, from its creation as a royal hunting ground.
- The rare mixture of habitats and wildlife.
- Modern-day attractions and points of interest within the National Park.
- What you can do in the Forest, and where.
- Where you can stay in the area.
- Photos of the Forest, taken by myself to share with you.
- Satellite views of the Forest, for your virtual exploration!
So whether you intend to make a visit to the New Forest National Park or whether you're just after some valuable New Forest information, please make full use of this website and bookmark the site for future reference!