The area provides an abundance of things to do. It is a wonderful place to just enjoy the outdoors, but the range of activities available include special opportunities for cycling
, and birdwatching
(including the possibility of guided birdwatching
walks for adults without dogs). Miles of beaches run westwards from Milford-on-Sea to Bournemouth.
The New Forest
The New Forest was taken by William the Conqueror in 1079 as a royal hunting ground. Whilst forbidden from hunting within the forest the local population was given specified rights, including the right to depasture ponies and cattle. These commoners' rights are attached to local properties, including our cottage, and are still exercised today under the auspices of the Court of Verderers
based at the Queens House in Lyndhurst, supported by the Agisters based throughout the Forest. Despite its name, the New Forest consists primarily of lowland heath, with large areas of bog and mire as well as heath and forest. Its special status and constant grazing by depastured stock have preserved the area as a rare example of accessible and unspoilt countryside that would once have been typical of Southern England. It provides a refuge for many rare species of flora and fauna. Upper Pennington Common, on the doorstep of King's Huts, is a lovely spot for a short heathland walk.
Lymington & Pennington
Lymington & Pennington originally prospered as an important source of sea salt (along with a history of smuggling), and the old salt pans that extend along the Solent shore from Lymington & Pennington to Keyhaven are now maintained as a nature reserve
, with scenic walks along the sea wall on their outer edge. The high street in Lymington offers a range of attractive small shops and cafes, including branches of some well-known stores, including Waitrose and M&S. Ferries to Yarmouth
, Isle of Wight depart from the opposite bank of the Lymington River, and the Puffin Cruise
boats go from the town quay to Yarmouth as well as offering a range of short cruises in the Solent and Christchurch Bay.
Other places to visit
, Bournemouth, Winchester, Christchurch and Southampton are all within a short journey easily suitable to day trips, with regular fast trains from Brockenhurst.
Walking, cycling, riding and sailing are very popular locally, and we would be happy to assist you with planning any of these. There are a number of local rental outlets for most outdoor pursuits, and lessons can be booked in advance if required. There are good pubs
serving food within about a mile of the cottage, and local shops within the same distance in the village centres of Pennington and Everton. Guest information includes details of local suppliers of New Forest produce