THINGS TO DO
“New Forest National Park
Poole is the perfect base for exploring the surrounding areas and a visit to the New Forest is a must, being only a 45 minute drive away or 40 minutes direct to Brockenhurst on the train.
The New Forest's ancient landscape is one of peace and tranquility - a break from the hectic pace of life and a chance to indulge yourself in the natural beauty of England's smallest National Park .
The landscape has changed little since William the Conqueror first saw the acres of deer-filled heathland, pretty glades and wild wood more than 900 years ago.
Ponies and cattle graze freely as they have done for centuries while deep in the wooded areas deer roam under the canopies of mighty oaks.
There are a few places better for quiet country walking and relaxing but if you want to be more active there are more than 100 miles of off-road cycle tracks. There are many horse riding schools catering for all levels of experience and fishing from the lakes, streams and rivers. Or sit back and relax on the top deck of the New Forest Tour , view all of this magical landscape from this open-top bus. Hop on and off as much as you like with your ticket across all three routes.
Set within the New Forest are Beaulieu , home to the National Motor Museum and Exbury Gardens known for its stunning displays of rhododendrons and azaleas and Paultons Park , the theme park for families set in beautiful landscaped parkland.”