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New Forest National Park Camping

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The area known as the New Forest covers a large section of Southern England and is a recommendation from us if you ever get the chance to visit the area on a camping holiday.

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Once a hunting area for the royals of the past, it is now a National Park and a favourite for holidaymakers who enjoy holidays beautiful surroundings. There are many ways to visit and stay in the New Forest, log cabins, tipis or teepees, caravans, camper vans, RV’s, motorhomes, glamping pods, bed and breakfast, and there plenty of New Forest hotels to choose from. However many people who wish to feel more independent, choose camping.

New Forest campsites, and there are ten of them, are well maintained and offer excellent facilities for campers visiting the New Forest. For those who are less adventuress, but still appreciate their freedom New Forest caravan sites, log cabins and glamping are also incorporated in the campsites.

Once the tents have been erected the campers will have no problems in searching out things to do in the New Forest. Horse riding is one of the many attractions on offer in this unique part of the country, and there is no shortage of New Forest pubs to be found: The Alice Lisle was one of my favourites whenever I visited the New Forest.

With the ancient town of Ringwood close by, with it markets and shop, plus the south coast resorts of Southbourne and Bournemouth just a short drive away, there is much for the New Forest holidays camping fraternity to enjoy in these delightful settings before returning to the wild.

The whole area is an excellent place to spend a family camping holiday with its outstanding beauty and its well-maintained camp sites offer much for the intrepid traveller who prefers to carry their holiday home on their back. This Government website can give you even more information.

They can travel the whole of the new Forest and its surrounding country side enjoying the freedom only a camping holiday can provide. It might also be possible to do a bit of wild camping New Forest style – with a bit of care and a lot of respect for the area.

When you go New Forest National Park camping, self-catering goes with you. So instead of choosing to bed and breakfast or a hotel break, why not roll up your tent, go wild and head for the New Forest!


Explore the best New Forest walks

Twenty of the best New Forest walks, that tell the stories of the events and people who have shaped this unspoilt ancient woodland, are available for the first time as self-guided routes downloadable via the free ViewRanger app to a smartphone or tablet; visit  iTunes – Google Play – Amazon

The New Forest National Park is the latest public authority to partner with ViewRanger to digitise routes and increase accessibility.

From tall ships built for Nelson at Buckler’s Hard, to a smugglers hideout at Moses Dock; the walks will give visitors to the New Forest National Park more enjoyment.

The mobile signal is quite patchy across the Park, but downloading the maps and routes at home before setting off means the user doesn’t require a mobile connection.

Once in the New Forest, with the chosen route, the phone’s in-built GPS will locate the user on the map and help them navigate the route. Each comes with a short description and photographs and includes details of how to get there, the length and difficulty of the trail and landmarks or points of interest along the way making your camping in the forest unforgettable.

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