New Forest

About The New Forest

It is situated in southern England on the south coast and includes the largest remaining tracts of unenclosed Pasture land, Heathland and Forest in the south of England. It is located in south-west Hampshire and is bordered by the English Channel, Solent and Southampton Water and extends to south-east Wiltshire.

A picture of a Wild Bluebell Wood in the New Forest
Wild Bluebell Wood in the New Forest

A walk in woodlands  of the New Forest, in Spring when every thing is lush and green.

Video of one of the Bluebell Woods in the New Forest

A picture of a New Forest Track
A New Forest Track deep in the Forest.

Importantly the New Forest has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), EU Special Area of Conservation (SAC), and it is also a Special Protection Area for birds (SPA). In 1990 a 40mph speed limit was introduced in parts of the New Forest to reduce the number of animals killed on the roads each year such as Deer, Cattle and Horses. More recently the 30mph speed limit has been extended in certain areas.

A New Forest Pony roaming in the New Forest
One of the many New Forest Ponies roaming in the New Forest

The name New Forest also refers to the New Forest National Park which has similar boundaries. Additionally the New Forest local government district is a subdivision of Hampshire which covers most of the New Forest and some nearby areas, although it is no longer the planning authority for the National Park itself.

A close up picture of Wild Bluebells in the New Forest
Wild Bluebells in the New Forest

Settlements in the New Forest Area

Among the towns and villages lying in or around the Forest are Abbotswell, , Beaulieu, Blissford, Bransgore, Burley, Brockenhurst, Fordingbridge, Frogham, Hyde, Hythe, Lymington, Lyndhurst, New Milton, Ringwood, Stuckton, and Totton,. It is bounded to the west by Bournemouth and Christchurch, and to the east by the city of Southampton.

The New Forest also gives its name to the New Forest district of Hampshire.

A picture of Cherry Tree Blossom in the New Forest
Cherry Tree Blossom in Spring

The New Forest Heritage Area covers 570 km2 (140,000 acres), and the New Forest Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) covers almost 300 km2 (74,000 acres), making it the largest contiguous area of un-sown vegetation in lowland Britain.

It includes approximately:
• 146 km2 (36,000 acres) of broadleaved woodland
• 118 km2 (29,000 acres) of heathland and grassland
•33 km2 (8,200 acres) of wet heathland
• 84 km2 (21,000 acres) of tree plantations (inclosures)

The New Forest is drained to the south by two rivers, the Lymington River and Beaulieu River, and to the west by the Dockens Water, Hucklesbrook, Linbrook and other streams.

The highest point in the New Forest is Telegraph Hill, with a summit 167 m (550 ft) above sea level.

New Forest Coastline

The New Forest coastline along the Solent and the English Channel extends for 26 miles, making it up to 76% of Hampshire’s total coastline (33 miles). These 33 miles is as the crow flies from the Hampshire-Dorset border to Chichester Harbour; if one follows the high water mark the distance traversed becomes much greater.Originally a river valley the River Frome was the source of the River Solent, with three other rivers – the Rivers Avon, the Itchen and Test being tributaries of it. The Solent has gradually widened and deepened for many thousands of years, and when the Solent river valley flooded around 7000 years ago as the sea level rose after the end of the last Ice Age to become the Solent.

Looking Westward towards the Needles
Looking Westward towards the Needles
hurst castle ferry sign at keyhaven in the new forest
Hurst Castle Ferry Sign at Keyhaven
A view of Hurst Castle in the Solent
A view of Hurst Castle at the Western Entrance to the Solent
A View of the Isle of Wight and the Needles
Isle of Wight and the Needles
yachts sailing past the Needles
Yachts sailing by the Needles

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