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The New Forest Hampshire UK

Updated on February 8, 2015

The New Forest Is One Of Britain's Newest National Parks

The New Forest, one of England's newest National Parks, was actually created 1,000 years ago, but it was only designated as a National Park in 2005 to help preserve this beautiful area of Southern England.

If you haven't heard of The New Forest before, I hope that by the time you have read this page, you will not only know where The New Forest is, but also know how it came to be, to know what places there are to see in The New Forest, and I hope you will also want to visit there one day.

The New Forest is located close to where we live in the city of Southampton and also to where I grew up in Bournemouth, on the boundary of the counties of Dorset and Hampshire, and we love to go walking there.

The area of England's south coast has thousands of acres of woodland and heathland, with horses, deer, cattle and even pigs roaming wild, and with many rare varieties of plants, animals and birds that are protected, it attracts many tourists annually. In the New Forest there are numerous places for camping, and for taking walks or cycling across the forest, with the scenery and vegetation changing from one part to another.

Don't forget to look at the pictures of The Burley Ghost and decide for yourself if you think we saw a ghost or not.

Map of The New Forest from New Forest Pics

Unless otherwise specified, all photographs and videos are the property of Tony Payne and may not be copied or used without permission.

Where Is The New Forest? - Look right in the middle of the south coast of England and it's easy to find The New Forest.

The New Forest is located between the towns of Bournemouth and Southampton on the South Coast of England.  Click on the map for an interactive version from Google maps.
The New Forest is located between the towns of Bournemouth and Southampton on the South Coast of England. Click on the map for an interactive version from Google maps.

The New Forest is located in the counties of Hampshire and Dorset, between the major cities of Christchurch to the west and Southampton to the east. Within the New Forest lie a number of other spendid small towns, all with their own unique attractions. These include Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst, Lymington and Beaulieu.

The New Forest Park Authority have detailed maps and guides to The New Forest that are FREE to download from HERE.

William The Conqueror (image from Wikipedia)
William The Conqueror (image from Wikipedia)

History Of The New Forest

The origins and development of The New Forest.

The New Forest was created as a royal forest in 1079 by William the Conqueror, who took what was then a barren wasteland for for the hunting of deer, which was a popular royal pastime, and it was first recorded as "Nova Foresta" in the Domesday Book in 1086.

While parts of the area were left as open heathland where animals could graze, other sections were planted with trees to provide cover for herds of deer and other animals that could be hunted.

For those who are not familiar with English History, the Normans invaded England in the year 1066AD, their leader William The Conqueror defeating King Harold at the Battle Of Hastings. The Normans came from Normandy in Northern France, and were descendants of the Vikings who had terrorised the British for hundreds of years.

The Norman practice of denying the killing of deer to the peasants did not go down favourably with the locals, a scenario that has become popular through a story that took place in another Norman forest, that of Robin Hood. The frustration which the local population felt towards the Norman nobles was such that in order to appease them, the King allowed them to graze their animals on the land, a tradition which has continued to this day.

The history of The New Forest however goes way back before the time of the Norman Conquest of England. It goes back to the Iron and Bronze ages, and the area has a number of barrows and burial mounds dating back to this time, as well as the remains of hill forts. You can read more about this fascinating era of the history of the New Forest on the New Forest Explorers Guide.

From the 17th to the 19th centuries the rise of British Naval Power led to areas of the forest being planted with rolling plantations of trees, which then provided a constant resource for the building of warships, which were essential to protect not only the British Isles but also their territories in The New World from the Spanish and French.

The demand for timber was so great that for a while attempts were made to clear the forest of deer, however with the demise in the requirements of timber for shipbuilding, the deer population has increased, and some of the tree plantations have been removed to restore the forest to it's previous habitat.

In more recent times, the area has been used for military purposes, from the training of troops for the Boer War and First World War, to the building of airfields during World War Two, and of course with it's close proximity to the ports on the south coast, the area was used to locate troops prior to the invasion of France on D-Day, 6th June 1944.

In the 1960s with the increase in the number of motor vehicles travelling through The New Forest, the roads were fenced off to prevent animals from wandering onto them and being hit by oncoming traffic. A number of underpasses were also constructed, allowing animals to cross from one side of a major road to the other in safety.

Motorists who want to drive through the free grazing parts of The New Forest now have to drive over metal Cattle Grids, which allow the vehicles to enter and exit, but which keep the animals in. The fines for hitting an animal while driving in the forest are not insignificant, and motorists are warned to drive carefully.

The New Forest - Responsible Tourism Award Winner

The New Forest was the overall winner of the 2007 Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards, which was organised by responsibletravel.com in partnership with The Times, World Travel Market and Geographical.

The New Forest Centre

This is located in the centre of Lyndhurst, and as well as providing visitors to the area with everything that they need to know to enjoy the beauty of The New Forest, there is also a museum where visitors can learn about the history of the forest.

The museum has a number of hands-on activities for the children too, and is a great place to begin your tour of the area.

You can find out more about The New Forest Centre from their web site.

The New Forest Tour - Take A Tour Of The New Forest by Bus

The New Forest Tour
The New Forest Tour

One way to see some of the highlights of The New Forest is to take a tour, and what better way to take a tour than on an open top double-decker bus.

There are two circular tours that operate hourly every day throughout the summer, and both take visitors through different parts of the New Forest.

You can find out more information on these tours at The New Forest Tour.

New Forest Photos - Many of the roads through The New Forest are narrow and winding, and you never know what you might see around the next corner.

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Old thatched cottage in The New Forest
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Narrow road in The New Forest
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Narrow road in The New Forest
Left or right?
Left or right?
Narrow road in The New Forest
Narrow road in The New Forest
Old signpost and telephone box
Old signpost and telephone box
Narrow road in The New Forest
Narrow road in The New Forest

New Forest Wildlife

New Forest Pony
New Forest Pony

New Forest Ponies

The New Forest has long been famous for it's breed of New Forest Pony, which is a recognised British breed of horse, but which in reality isn't a pure breed at all.

The New Forest Pony is the result of 1,000 years of inter-breeding of the various types of horse that have been allowed to roam free in the New Forest, however attempts were made to standardise the breed in the 1920s, resulting in many of them being of the typical kind that you see today.

You can read more about the fascinating history of the New Forest Pony on the New Forest Pony Fact File.

New Forest Ponies - These photographs were taken on a walk through the heathland area close to the village of Burley in The New Forest.

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New Forest Ponies Video

My wife and I love to go walking in The New Forest, and in one clearing close to where we know that deer graze, which is way off the beaten track, we came across this family group of New Forest Ponies.

One of the foals decided to be brave and walked right up to me, almost close enough to touch, but I wasn't quite brave enough to move towards him and touch him, in case it startled him and the parents took a dislike. I didn't like the thought of being kicked by a horse.

A Clearing Where Wild Deer Graze

Debbie and I really enjoy our walks in The New Forest. This is a clearing that is way off the beaten track, and both times that we have been here, we have seen lots of deer, including white deer that lead their own herds.

White Deer In The New Forest

On one occasion we waited for over half an hour, and were rewarded by one of the groups of deer coming close to graze. Unfortunately they did not come as close as we would like, so we approached them, causing them to wander away, however this did provide us with some good video of them, including the white deer who leads the pack.

Deer In The New Forest

This is another clip of the deer in The New Forest, including the white deer who leads this group. We feel privileged that they allowed us to get this close.

A Walk Around The New Forest - 35 Circular Walks Around The New Forest

The New Forest Show

The New Forest and Hampshire County Show is held over a three day period at the end of July every year at New Park in Brockenhurst.

This is an agricultural and craft show and makes a great family day out, with displays of animals, crafts, traditional country pursuits, local produce and plenty of entertainment for the whole family.

You can find more at the official web site for the New Forest Show.

The Village Of Burley

The Witch Of Burley

If you take a drive through The New Forest, chances are that you will come across the small village of Burley.

This seemingly insignificant location was once important, firstly over 2,500 years ago as being the site of Castle Hill, an Iron Age Hill Fort, the remains of which can still be seen, and later after the Norman Invasion, Burley Manor became the seat of Roger de Burley in 1212. He was recorded first as Lord of the Manor, and was followed in 1251 by Richard de Burley, then in 1316 by a second Richard de Burley.

Today Burley is a pleasant place to visit, with several pubs (my father used to play the organ at times in The Queens Head), and it is also well known in the New Forest area for it's history of witches and smuggling.

A white witch known as Sybil Leek lived in Burley in the 1950s, and could often be seen in the village, dressed in a long black cloak, with a pet Jackdaw sitting on her shoulder. The locals did not as you might expect take too kindly to her presence, and she eventually moved to the USA, where she published more than 60 books about the occult and witchcraft.

She was quite a celebrity apparently, and was host to a number of notable figures of the time, including the author H.G. Wells, and reportedly Aleister Crowley.

Burley village has several giftshops that have a Witchcraft theme, and one of them is dedicated to her as well as being named by her.

If you drive through the village of Burley, don't be surprised if you see wild horses or cows walking down the road. It's all part of the fun of being in The New Forest.

Burley Photo Gallery - The village of Burley in The New Forest is one of a number of quaint locations that visitors shouldn't miss. There are several Witchcraft

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Cows wander through the village of Burley daily.
Cows wander through the village of Burley daily.
Sybil Leek's house, now a gift shop.
Sybil Leek's house, now a gift shop.
The Queen's Head pub - good food.
The Queen's Head pub - good food.
Witchcraft themed gift shop in Burley.
Witchcraft themed gift shop in Burley.
Quaint thatched cottage in Burley.
Quaint thatched cottage in Burley.
The village of Burley in The New Forest
The village of Burley in The New Forest

Occult Books by Sybil Leek - Sybil Leek was known as the "Witch of Burley" and wrote over 60 books about witchcraft and the occult.

The Burley Dragon

A 16th century manuscript that is preserved at Berkeley Castle records the tale of the Burley Dragon, which was reportedly killed by Sir Maurice Berkeley, who was the lord of nearby Bisterne Manor in the 15th century.

The dragon is described in this document as: "doing much mischief upon men and cattle, making his den near unto a Beacon. Sir Maurice Berkeley killed the dragon but died himself soon afterwards."

Rather than being some mythical creature, it is thought that the dragon might have been a wild boar, a number of which inhabited the forest at that time, and these animals are known to cause havoc at times.

The Burley Dragon is mentioned several time in the historical novel "The Forest" by Edward Rutherfurd.

A New Forest Walk - These photos were taken on a walk through the heathland near to the village of Burley in The New Forest.

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Wetlands in The New Forest
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Gravel track in The New Forest
Gravel track in The New Forest
Gravel track in The New Forest
Disused railway line in The New Forest
Disused railway line in The New Forest

Did We See A Ghost? - This photo was taken in The Queen's Head pub in Burley

The Burley Ghost - did we see a ghost in The Queen's Head pub in Burley?
The Burley Ghost - did we see a ghost in The Queen's Head pub in Burley?

The last weekend in November 2011 was gorgeous, the weather being unexpectedly warm and dry, and so we decided to take a drive into The New Forest and a walk close to the village of Burley.

We stopped in The Queen's Head pub for a bite of lunch after our walk, and I took a couple of photos of the food menus for my wife to use on her Pub Grub page.

On returning home and downloading the photos, I spotted this unusual looking woman in one of the pictures, and yet I could swear that there was nobody there when I pressed the button on the camera.

You can read the full story and see the full size pictures on Our Blog and also read about the ongoing investigation on the Hampshire Ghost Club site.

Lyndhurst

Lyndhurst - The administrative centre of The New Forest

Lyndhurst Town Centre (from Wikimedia Commons)
Lyndhurst Town Centre (from Wikimedia Commons)

The village of Lyndhurst is located in the centre of The New Forest and is the administrative centre of the area, with the district council being based there.

Although this is the largest village in The New Forest, Lyndhurst is still barely large enough to qualify as a town. The population in 2001 was only 2,973 (according to Wikipedia), but despite that there is a lot to see in Lyndhurst, and it has a lot of history.

Lyndhurst dates back over 1,000 years, and was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Linhest". The name Lyndhurst is a corruption of the old English for "Wooded hill with lime trees".

As well as having many wonderful old buildings, some of which have been converted into shops. A walk through the village is well worthwhile, to see the curio and gift shops, bakeries and places to eat, and the village hall often has things going on at the weekend, like antiques fairs etc.

The church of St. Michael and All Angels stands on top of a hill in Lyndhurst, and as well as having some intricate carvings, stained glass windows and frescos, it is the last resting place of Alice Liddell, who was the little girl who inspired Lewis Carroll to write Alice In Wonderland.

You can find out more about Lyndhurst from Wikipedia.

Photos Of Lyndhurst - Lyndhurst has some lovely old buildings, many in the main street that are now curio shops or places to eat.

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St. Michael & All Angels Church - This old church in Lyndhurst is where the real Alice In Wonderland is buried.

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St. Michael & All Angels Church - Carvings of the Saints inside the entrance

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Carvings of the Saints inside the entrance of Saint Michael & All Angels church in Lyndhurst
Carvings of the Saints inside the entrance of Saint Michael & All Angels church in Lyndhurst
Carvings of the Saints inside the entrance of Saint Michael & All Angels church in Lyndhurst
Carvings of the Saints inside the entrance of Saint Michael & All Angels church in Lyndhurst
Carvings of the Saints inside the entrance of Saint Michael & All Angels church in Lyndhurst
Carvings of the Saints inside the entrance of Saint Michael & All Angels church in Lyndhurst
Carvings of the Saints inside the entrance of Saint Michael & All Angels church in Lyndhurst
Carvings of the Saints inside the entrance of Saint Michael & All Angels church in Lyndhurst

The Forest by Edward Rutherfurd - A novel set in The New Forest That Covers 1,000 Years Of History

Children Of The New Forest - A classic book by Frederick Marryat

Set during the English Civil War in the 1600's, this book portrays life in The New Forest through the eyes of the children of Colonel Beverley, a Cavalier who died in battle fighting for King Charles I against the Roundheads let by Oliver Cromwell.

When the king escapes and is believed to have hidden in the forest, the location where the children have been living becomes unsafe, and they quickly learn to take care of themselves as the adventures come thick and fast.

The Children of the New Forest (Yesterday's Classics)
The Children of the New Forest (Yesterday's Classics)

Children Of The New Forest used to be a standard book that was read in schools in the UK. The English Civil War and the battles between Parliament and Royalty is a topic that you rarely hear about these days. Nevertheless it is a fascinating period of English history, and with the book being set in The New Forest, this is a great read.

 

Places To Visit

Below are just a few of the places that you can visit in the New Forest.

Beaulieu is the home of Lord Montagu and the National Motor Museum
Beaulieu is the home of Lord Montagu and the National Motor Museum

Beaulieu

The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu is home to many classic cars.

Beaulieu, which is an anglicised version of the latin Bellus Locus Regis or the beautiful place of the king is located on the Beaulieu River on the south side of the forest.

This is the ancestral home of Lord Montagu, whose home Beaulieu Abbey is open to the public. Here you can wander around the ruins of the old Cistercian abbey and Beaulieu Palace, as well as the landscaped grounds. You can also take boat rides down the Beaulieu River, and see the beauty of the area from a different perspective.

The abbey is also home to the National Motor Museum, which has numerous classic cars, including Donald Campbell's "Bluebird", which won the Land Speed Record in 1964. You can also find here Henry Seagrave's "Golden Arrow", a number of Formula One cars, the James Bond Collection, and Del Boy's Reliant Regal from the sitcom Only Fools And Horses.

Motor fanatics can also enjoy other exhibitions at the National Motor Museum which include The World Of James Bond and The Top Gear Experience.

Visit Bucklers Hard and learn about shipbuilding in the time of Horation Nelson
Visit Bucklers Hard and learn about shipbuilding in the time of Horation Nelson

Bucklers Hard

Go back in time and visit a historic naval dockyard from Nelson's time.

The village of Bucklers Hard is situated 2 1/2 miles south of Beaulieu on the Beaulieu River, and back in the time of Horatio Nelson it was the site of one of England's naval shipyards.

Among the ships that were built here were HMS Euryalus, HMS Swiftsure and HMS Agamemnon, all of which took part in the famous Battle Of Trafalgar in 1805, which saw the defeat of the French navy under Napoleon and saved England from the threat of invasion by the French.

Bucklers Hard, like almost every inlet on the south coast, was a departure point for troops on their day to Normandy in June 1944. It was also the starting and finishing point for Sir Francis Chichester's successful attempt to be the first person to circumnavigate the globe single-handed in 1967.

The shipbuilding museum at Bucklers Hard has many models of ships of all kinds, as well as plans, and a wealth of information about the ships of Nelson's time, and the role of the area in the D-Day landings in Normandy.

You can also take walks along the river, and boat rides up to Beaulieu and the National Motor Museum.

Exbury Garden And Steam Railway (click on image for official Exbury Garden and Steam Railway web site)
Exbury Garden And Steam Railway (click on image for official Exbury Garden and Steam Railway web site)

Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway

Exbury Gardens consists of over 200 acres of woodland garden, that is filled with rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias, making it a highly popular place to visit when these are all in full bloom.

The garden is the legacy of Lionel Nathan de Rothschild, a member of the well known banking family, who purchased the estate in 1919, and set out to create an extensive garden.

Lionel was interested in horticulture from an early age, and his eagerness to develop a spectacular garden let to his building a railway to help transport the rocks needed for the rock garden. He also sponsored expeditions for the gathering of exotic plants and seeds to places as far away as The Himalayas.

After his death in 1942, his son Edmund took over the garden, and eventually created a charitable trust to ensure that the property would live on, as it has today.

The Steam Railway that exists today was created in 2000-2001, and was created as an additional attraction for visitors to the gardens. It has proved to be so popular that the original 0-6-2 locomotive was replaced in 2008n by a much larger 2-6-2 version, both of which were built by the Exmoor Steam Railway.

The Rufus Stone (image from Wikipedia)
The Rufus Stone (image from Wikipedia)

The Rufus Stone

The Rufus Stone marks the site where King William II (known as Rufus because of his red hair), the son of William The Conqueror, was reputedly killed after being hit by an arrow while hunting on 2nd August 1100AD.

Although the killer, Sir Walter Tyrrell, who was the king's best archer, headed straight back to Normandy to avoid capture, no posse followed him, presumably because the king was a tyrant, and in many ways the people were relieved.

You can learn more about this incident and the Rufus Stone HERE.

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      TravelsWithAunt 3 years ago

      Hi Tony. That was a great lens about the New Forest. I have read the book "The Forest" by Edward Rutherford (several times) but hadn't heard about the "Children of the New Forest" which I will definitely be buying.

      My sister and her husband were there a month ago and said it was fantastic. Although I am from the UK I have never been there - something I hope to remedy on my next trip. I hope I can persuade my sister to take me there. I don't think it is a long drive from where she lives in Surrey.

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      Tony Payne 4 years ago from Southampton, UK

      @Ruthi: Thanks Ruthi. For history fans, Children Of The New Forest takes you back to the era of the English Civil War and gives a good insight into life in the 1600's, with the country split between those favouring the King, and those favouring Parliament. The Forest covers 1,000 years of the history of The New Forest, from the killing of WIlliam Rufus to the modern day. Both very different and both well worth reading.

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      I came back for a closer look at the New Forest books. In my previous visit it was your photos and the ponies that captured my interest!

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      Tony Payne 4 years ago from Southampton, UK

      @jolou: I hope you manage to visit the UK sometime Joanne. I have a lot more photos to share, just need the time to upload and to write about them. the UK has some amazing places to visit.

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      jolou 4 years ago

      Your photos are great. I would love to see the UK sometime.

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      Tony Payne 4 years ago from Southampton, UK

      @Bedlam Publishing: Thanks for adding my New Forest lens to yours.

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      Bedlam Publishing 4 years ago

      This is a very thorough and informative lens: I love England and featured this lens on my lens My Destination: Hampshire lens: http://www.squidoo.com/my-destination-hampshire-en...

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      Tony Payne 4 years ago from Southampton, UK

      @Jo-Jackson: Pleased you enjoyed your visit. Last summer was so wet that we didn't venture out into the Forest, so we are hoping to head out and take more photos and video this year.

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      One of the very few photos I have from my childhood is me with a new forest mare and foal so I really enjoyed reading this lens.

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      Arthur Russ 4 years ago from England

      Fantastic article, full of a wealth of information; thanks for sharing, Iâll pin this to my lens of British Wildlife in the New Forest as an additional source of information for our readers.

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      chrissmith-uk 4 years ago

      Hi Tony - loved this awesome Lens. I live in Ringwood, and I found out so much stuff about the New Forest that I didn't know! I have just created my first Squidoo Lens - so it's also cool to see what a really professional one looks like. Gives me inspiration to do more!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I came back to bless this lens and enjoy it once again.

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      Tony Payne 4 years ago from Southampton, UK

      @ajgodinho: Thanks AJ. The Burley Ghost photographs was definitely a surprise. I wish someone could give me more information as to whether this was a ghost or not.

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      Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow, what a beautiful and informative lens on The New Forest. I felt like I was there, I guess because of the many pictures you included in each section. The Burley Ghost picture was interesting - the expression on her face definitely looks eerie. I've really enjoyed visiting your travel lenses Tony ~ great work!

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      srsddn lm 4 years ago

      New Forest seems to a wonderful place. Detailed description makes it a great lens.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      The New Forest is now on my list to see. Excellent information here and I enjoyed your videos too. ~*~Blessings~*~

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Came back to see this article again, and take a virtual tour of New Forest. Your articles are so well done. ~ Blessed!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This forest looks like a great place to visit. Interesting ghost picture!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I would love to go through a forest area on an open top bus.

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      burntchestnut 5 years ago

      Excellent lens! Great photographs, videos, and informational text. I love nature preserves and applaud all people who help them exist. I'm in the U.S., but would love to visit England some day.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yet another beautiful presentation from the Squid

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      i would love to visit this area of the world...looks very beautiful and inviting! :)

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      Excellen tlens. You make me want to visit all these wonderful places. Your Puple Star is well deserved. Blessed!

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      RaintreeAnnie 5 years ago from UK

      The New Forest is on our long list of places to visit. It looks beautiful and very interesting. Lovely page, thank you for sharing this lovely place with us.

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      stuhaynes lm 5 years ago

      I enjoyed that too, and I'm a Brit and have been there many times. Well deserved award.

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      I so enjoy going on tours of England with you. The history of New Forest is fascinating. I especially liked learning about Sybil Leek's hometown. Purple Star is well deserved for this informative lens.

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      Evelyn Saenz 5 years ago from Royalton

      Thank you for introducing me to New Forest. I now know exactly where I wish to go went I visit England some day.

      Blessed by a Squid Angel:)

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      dannystaple 5 years ago

      I've not been to the New Forest - although I've certainly been to spots not far from there. I grew up in Gloucestershire, not so far from the Forest Of Dean - also an ancient forest. I've seen the occasional deer when I was living in Hampshire for a while.

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      Othercatt 5 years ago

      This is wicked cool. I've never seen a white deer before! Thanks Tony! And congrats on your purple star. It's well deserved!

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      Looks like a wonderful place to visit.

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      You are a great New Forest travel guide! I so enjoyed your video of the New Forest Ponies with the inquisitive foal.

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      AngryBaker 5 years ago

      Love the history lesson and the great photos. Thanks

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wonderful photos, descriptives, and videos of the New Forest.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 5 years ago from Northern California

      I so much want to do a Walking Tour in the UK one of these years. Your lens just reminded me of how much. Do you know of a good walking tour, or a good tour book?

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      Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! Well deserving of the Purple Star!

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      efriedman 5 years ago

      Very much enjoyed this description of the New Forest in southern England. I'd love to see it someday. Always enjoy your writing.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I just stopped back to say that I have nominated this lens for purple star as well as lens of the day. I really do hope to see this wonderfully enchanting article rise up higher in the ranks than it currently is. Great article.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      An amazing display of the New Forest. I felt as though I were right there. Loved how you personalized this article with your own videos. Absolutely delightful walk backwards through history and into this new park land.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      So much to see and take in! Say, The New Forest where the Rufus Stone is located looks like a great picnic destination. Yes?

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      SandyPeaks 5 years ago

      I love the New Forest - my grandparents lived not far from there so it was a great place to picnic and see the ponies.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Sounds like just the kind of place I'd love to visit. What a range of interesting things to see.

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      traveller27 5 years ago

      Looks like a lovely area. Blessed by a passing angel.

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      nightbear lm 5 years ago

      Oh it just seems like a lovely place to visit, you know me, anywhere animals are I'd love to see. the ponies are so cute. Great job Tony. blessed!

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      kimbesa 5 years ago from USA

      A beautiful place...thoroughly explored via your lens, until I can see it in person...thanks!

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      I enjoyed Burley, witches and smuggling - besides everything else you're describing on this lens. It made me laugh. Beautiful area, I hope to stop by some time. Nicely done lens & helpful resource. ***Angel blessed*** :)

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      TapIn2U 5 years ago

      Ah, the beauty of nature. This looks like a great place to visit. Hope I'd get to see it in person one day. Enjoyed the photos and videos here. Thanks for sharing them. Sundae ;-)

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 5 years ago

      It has been raining here for a while now and and everything around is green. An ideal setting to view your lens. It makes me feel that I am in the New Forest. Great lens.

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      Andy 7 years ago from London, England

      Great lens. I stayed for one night in the New Forest a few months ago, on the way back from the West Country, but I intend to go back and rent a cottage for a week some time soon.

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      Suzie-Shine 7 years ago

      A lovely area. I have friends in Bournemouth and when there we drove out to the New Forest but I can't remember where we actually went. I remember the ponies walking along the road. Must go back there again.

      Suzie

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Just taking a wee peak, can hardly wait until you finish! - Kathy

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      rewards4life info 8 years ago

      I love the New Forest, a childhood favorite for the holidays. We used to camp there when I was a child. After seeing this I will have to take my girlfriend, we did Wales last year and are looking for a place to go, this might will be our choice. Thank you, fantastic lens with all the information we need.

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      I'll be back to learn more about this....I love parks. I'm love visiting cities but I prefer to spend my time in a woods or forest in all honesty.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      We love the New Forest and have stayed there a couple times in Burley. We love to ride and I want to take the girls there in May when they are so many foals. Looking forward to seeing this lens develop.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to AndyPo] Andy, I would like to know where you haven't been yet? Lol!

      Poddys, I was just on your Bio Page and realized I hadn't joined your fan club. I've been thinking that i did that months ago, my mistake. I'm you fan!

      Susie!

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      papawu 8 years ago

      I have yet to visit England, despite all of the reading I have done on the subject. I would love to see the New Forest though. I am lensrolling this to my lens SARUM The Novel of England by Edward Rutherfurd.

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      Andy 8 years ago from London, England

      The New Forest is a lovely place. I have worked a lot in Southampton recently, so I know the area well.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Isn't that interesting? It's called the NEW Forest and it became a forest in 1079! Can't wait to see what new content you add--let me know!

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      WritingforYourW 8 years ago

      Good start! I visited several countries in Europe a couple years ago, but need to go back to see England and Ireland. :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I have an interest in national parks and like seeing Giant Lensmasters promoting parks. I grew up at Kabetogama Lake MN the gateway to Voyageur National Park (http://www.squidoo.com/kabetogama) Is there a Squido Group for promting park lenses? Might be a good idea!

      Mr. Triathlontraining gave me the idea to do a lens about where I grew-up. It's been fun!