Exbury Gardens to Calshot Castle — New Forest National Park
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February 22, 2019
If you want to experience the diverse beauty of the New Forest, look no further.
Taking in stately gardens, heathland, marshland, coastline, pretty villages, historic harbors and old castles, it may feel as if you have hiked through many different places.
From the village of Langely, head southwest until you reach Exbury Gardens. Housing a world-famous collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, rare trees and shrubs, the gardens also boast a miniature steam railway, adventure playground and tea rooms.
From there, head south over the heathland until you reach Lepe Country Park. Another blissful beauty spot, here you can enjoy a great stretch of golden beach, pine fringed cliffs, wildflower meadows and superb views of the Solent and Isle of Wight.
After you have had your fill at this nature reserve, head back inland to Langley. From here, you can finish for the day if you feel that way inclined. However, if you have time—and energy—why not follow this route east across the heathland to explore the seaside village of Calshot?
This picturesque little village is home to Calshot Castle. Built by Henry VIII to defend the sea passage to Southampton, it is now a picturesque English heritage site that is full of interest and boasts magnificent views across the Isle of Wight.
If you do not fancy walking back to Langley, you can catch the number nine bus from Clashot. For timetables, visit: bustimes.org/services/9-southampton-hythe-langleyfawley.