Of the ten national parks in england five are in the northern counties two in the southwest counties one in the east and the. Around 6 500 7 000 animals ponies cattle pigs donkeys sheep grazing on the open forest as part of an ancient commoning system.
Established in 2005 the new forest is the uk s second newest national park.
New forest national parks uk. The new forest is home to. Things to do walking and cycling routes and events as well as our planning service and conservation work. The new forest national park authority nfnpa conserves and enhances the natural beauty wildlife and cultural heritage of the new forest and promotes opportunities for the understanding and.
Brockenhurst is the park s main rail center. The new forest is one of the largest remaining tracts of unenclosed pasture land heathland and forest in southern england covering southwest hampshire and southeast wiltshire it was proclaimed a royal forest by william the conqueror featuring in the domesday book pre existing rights of common pasture are still recognised today being enforced by official verderers and agisters. New forest national park is located in the southernmost part of central england the national park encompasses an area of 219 square miles 566 sq km.
Luxury and country house hotels self catering holiday cottages bed breakfasts camping and caravan sites and holiday parks all set against the majestic backdrop of the new forest. The new forest national park in numbers. Nearly 10 000 hectares of ancient semi natural woodland including the greatest concentration of veteran trees in western europe.
All fifteen united kingdom national parks are represented by the association of national park authorities. Visit the new forest national park website. The new forest has been a holiday destination here in the uk throughout the ages and there s a wide selection of accommodation to suit all styles and budgets.
It may lack the dramatic lakes and peaks of its more famous peers buts its extensive heathland picturesque forests and 3 000 wild ponies make the park a worthy outdoor destination. It is a great escape for london locals as well as visitors passing through the city. Go walking amongst the roaming animals and get a true sense of escape.
The new forest became a national park in 2005 and the south downs was formally designated on 31 march 2010. Local trains also run to ashurst beaulieu road and sway. The official new forest national park website.
Once a royal hunting ground the new forest national park covers ancient woodlands wild open heathlands and stretches of beautiful coastline in southern england. Regular trains and buses run to new forest which is only about 90 minutes from london.