Knightwood Oak also known as the ‘Queen of the Forest’ is the New Forest’s most famous oak tree and one of the oldest at over 500 years old. Unlike most other oaks in the forest it is a pollarded oak.
Wootton is a hamlet in the south of the New Forest and is known for its pub, the Rising Sun and there is a popular local beauty spot at nearby Wootton Bridge where the road crosses the Avon Water.
Blashford Lakes is a series of lakes which have been created as a result of sand and gravel extraction since the 1950’s. The lakes now used for nature conservation and drinking water storage are surrounded by willow, birch and alder woodland as well as grassland.
The area around Cadman Pool is like a replica of the New Forest in miniature consisting of wonderful woodlands, heathland and a small stream. Fallow deer and the forest ponies which are ever present and the shy red deer freely roam this area.
Roydon Woods extending to an area covering almost 1,000 acres of ungrazed ancient woodland, fields and meadows, open heathland, ponds, many streams and part of the Lymington River are a Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust nature reserve, designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
The New Forest Reptile Centre is the only conservation centre that has a collection of all of Britain’s native lizards including the rare sand lizard, grass snakes, smooth snakes, Britain’s only venomous snake the adder, frogs, toads, newts and slow worms.
Acres Down is a very pretty area between Minstead and Bolderwood and sits at the beginning of a traffic free cycle route. The cycle network routes used by walkers and horse riders are made up of well maintained forestry tracks which are easy to follow and are a fantastic way to explore the New Forest.
Lyndhurst is a compact village and known as the capital of the New Forest since William the Conqueror established it as a royal hunting ground in 1079. It is a popular tourist location with many shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs, hotels, guest houses and B&B’s. The village also houses the Queen’s House, the New Forest Centre with a museum, gift shop, tourist information office and reference library.
Brockenhurst dotted with centuries old thatched cottages is the largest New Forest village by population and Brookley Road, its main shopping street, has a lot to offer with many shops to browse around and plenty of places to choose from to eat and drink and not only that you are more than likely to meet the wild New Forest ponies, donkeys and cows just wandering about the streets.
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