Welcome to the New Forest.
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.
So read on, and make your visit to this beautiful area even more enjoyable!
The fire rating is currently HIGH.
For more infomation please visit the Fire Rating page by clicking here.
Events & Guided Walks
We run a number of ranger led activities and events throughout the year. For further information on our events in the New Forest and at Alice Holt please click on the relevant link below;
New Forest Events We are running the following events in June
Deer Watch at Dusk - 18th, 20th 25th and 27th June
Alice Holt Events (transfers you to the Alice Holt webpages)
In this weeks Forest Diary the topic is: "Be Tree Alert"
There a 2 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.
There are 10 campsites in the New Forest run by Camping in the Forest and a number of private sites.
Please note that wild camping is not allowed in the New Forest. Please use the designated campsites. We also recommend that you book your pitch in advance as the campsites can become very busy in the holiday periods.
We are currently in closed season for coarse fishing. It will re-open on 16th June.
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.
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.
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 023 8028 3141 or e-mail us at email@example.com . Alternatively you will find lots of information about the New Forest throughout this site.
You may also wish to visit our Useful Information page, which has links to education providers and other organisations in the New Forest.