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The 10 best things to do in the New Forest

Including one of the largest areas of open heathland and forest in England’s south east, the best things to do in the New Forest are simply stunners. Encompassing parts of Hampshire, east Dorset and Wiltshire, its boundaries are similar to the picturesque New Forest National Park. Lush scenery makes this part of England particuarly popular for outdoor activities, whether that’s horse riding, paddle boarding, hiking or wild pony-spotting. Fancy exploring this special part of the English countryside? We’ve rounded up the very best things to do in the New Forest. In the area for a mere 24 hours? Check out our guide to the perfect day in the New Forest. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.  

A perfect day in the New Forest

Fun fact: the New Forest is, well, not new at all. Created as William the Conqueror’s hunting ground, it’s now one of the UK’s biggest and best-loved national parks, encompassing parts of Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset. Covering some 300 square miles – it stretches from the Solent all the way up to Salisbury – it’s a beguilingly wild tapestry of woodland, heath and shoreline.