Covering 145 square miles the New Forest is a place of ancient history, fascinating wildlife and stunning beauty. Originally a royal hunting preserve, the thriving working forest that you see today has survived for nearly 1000 years.
Whether you live locally and want to know more about the area you live in, or you are coming to visit us from further afield, this website will tell you all you need to know about the cultural history, fascinating wildlife and stunning beauty of the New Forest.
Experience stars in the night sky like never before when visiting The New Forest this winter. Join our guided Stargazing walk at Blackwater Arboretum, at 10am Tuesday 21st February, starting at Blackwater car park. Try our family-friendly "Why stars matter" trail from 18th-26th February to bring the night sky to life. The trail starts at Bolderwood car park and picnic area SU242086.
Top tips for a healthy and enjoyable visit with your dog, plus the latest information regarding dog health issues such as Alabama Rot and Seasonal Canine Illness - click here (transfers you to the national Forestry Commission web site).
New Forest Essential Guide
Download the latest copy of the New Forest Essential Guide
The Forest Diary, published weekly in the New Forest Post, aims to encourage readers to get out and enjoy the forest, demonstrate sustainable forest management and introduce local Forestry Commission staff.
There a two barbecue sites available to hire at Anderwood and Wilverley. If you are planning on bringing your own barbecue to the New Forest or wish to hire one of our sites please view our barbecue pages.
For information on where you can camp in the New Forest please visit our Useful Information page or click here.
Coarse fishing is only permitted at Hatchet Pond and Little Hatchet. Click here for information on where to obtain your fishing permits.
Exploring the forest by bike is the ideal way to discover the magnificent beauty and fascinating wildlife that can easily be missed by car.
For information on cycling in the New Forest and the routes which start in Lyndhurst please visit our cycling in the New Forest pages where a copy of the Cycle Network map can be downloaded.
Educational and Work Experience Enquiries
- If you are planning an educational visit to the New Forest and would like advice from a member of the Ranger team please contact us on 0300 067 4601 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you will find lots of information about the New Forest throughout this site.
We are not currently able to offer any work experience opportunites.
The New Forest, Ringwood and Wareham Forests are wonderful places to go Horseriding. Please click here for further information on Forestry Commission riding permits. For details of local riding stables please click here.
If you are looking for a set route to walk we have provided a number of way-marked walks from our favourite spots. For information on these walks please visit our Waymarked Walks page.
What do other visitors say?
5 StarsMr.Lord, 23/Jan/2017
I felt happy and very scenic
5 StarsMr.Jensen, 3/Jan/2017
I love the woodlands and the balmer lawn hotel
Penelope Pannell, 9/Nov/2016
Fly tipping at Harbridge Drove opposite Somerley main gate.
Forestry Commission Response
Thank you for letting us know. It has now been cleared.