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There are plenty of places to see and visit around New Forest. Whether you love hiking or cycling, New Forest is a region where 20 hidden gems are waiting to be explored and visited. Check the top places to visit in the region and plan your next adventure today.

The top 20 Attractions around New Forest

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    Brockenhurst - New Forest trailhead

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    Awesome gravel tracks that go on for miles and miles

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    Rhinefield Ornamental Drive

    Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

    Beautiful reasonably quiet road that has everything from open forest heathland to tree-lined tarmac with Canadian Redwoods

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    The oldest open air natural baths in the country, Lymington's sea water baths are fantastic in the summer time. It's not just swimming you can do here either, inflatable obstacles …

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    Kit P
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    25% beast of an hill.

    Road Cycling Highlight

    It's a bit of a workout;)

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    Canadian War Memorial

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Great rest stop looking out across dramatic view before entry into the open New Forest

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    Lymington Nature Reserve

    Hiking Highlight

    The seawall offers stunning views across the mudflats, where a wealth of different bird species come to feed. Large numbers of brent geese seek refuge here in the winter, along …

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    Alan_UK
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    Hurst Spit

    Hiking Highlight

    Not unlike Chesil Beach at Portland to the west, Hurst Spit is a shingle bank that stretches out into the sea. The spit extends towards the Isle of Wight, creating …

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    Kit P
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    Hurst Castle

    Hiking Highlight

    Hurst Castle is an artillery fort established by Henry VIII between 1541 and 1544 to protect against invasion from France and the Holy Roman Empire. At the time, it was …

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    Tall Trees Trail

    Hiking Highlight (Segment)

    Meander through enormous firs and redwoods that were planted in the late 1850s to create the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive. Walking this circular ‘Tall Trees Trail’ will take you through an …

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    10

    The Woods Cyclery

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Fantastic bike shop, adventure & gravel bike focussed. Some hire bikes here and more at the sister shop Forest Leisure Cycling at Burley (forestleisurecycling.co.uk).

    Woods stock loads of great walking …

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    The Old Railway

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    Perfect garv trail to avoid the main roads - Brockenhurst one end and Wootton Bidge the other. Use the main road towards Burley to get to another railway secretion or head to Wilverley for a sweet single track.

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    Ober Water

    Hiking Highlight (Segment)

    This is delightful section of trail along Ober Water. Surrounded by shady woodland glades, with the tranquil sound of the stream flowing by, it is a magical place and perfect …

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    Keyhaven Marshes

    Hiking Highlight (Segment)

    These saltmarshes are well protected from the prevailing south westerly winds thanks to Hurst Spit and form a vital habitat for many species of birds and plants. You'll likely see …

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    Kit P
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    Beautiful winding and technical decent

    Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

    Beautiful flowing section of road which can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace or with the hammer down.

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    Bolderwood Arboretum Ornamental Drive

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    A road ride downhill from Bolderwood deer sanctuary through Mark Ash Wood ancient woodland and Bolderwood Arboretum, with lots of bike trail opportunities branching off into the woodlands either side.

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    Beautiful steady climb through the tall redwood trees of Bolderwood and Rhinefield. Can get a little hectic with cars in the summer on the narrow road.

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    Deer Sanctuary

    Hiking Highlight

    Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary is a fantastic place to visit for all the family. With picturesque scenery, leisurely paths, and deer and ponies roaming freely, you will find it a magical …

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    Whitten Pond

    Hiking Highlight

    Whitten Pond is in the middle of open heathland south of Burley. The spot is especially popular in the summer months with people coming to relax on the shoreline, eat …

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    Milkham Junction

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Stunning views across the New Forest - as the area is quite high up the roads are reasonably exposed so it’s always worth checking which way the wind is blowing before heading out.

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    Beaulieu Road

    Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

    A long stretch of road leaving you all the time you need to take in the moorish landscapes.
    Some trails left and right can be explored, they're well-maintained.

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