Our Location / Getting Around
Our house is about half a mile from the A31 which takes you into Southampton or to Bournemouth / Poole (with popular sandy beaches and cinemas/ theatres). From the centre of Ringwood it is easy to access the main cities in the area by bus and it takes about half an hour by car to get to Salisbury, Bournemouth or Southampton. It takes about 30 minutes to walk into Ringwood from Fernwood, alternatively buses leave every 20 minutes from the bottom of the hill.
The town’s Visitor Information Centre is located off the main car park and can provide you with details of many areas nearby that can be explored on foot, bicycle or horseback as well as information about nearby attractions. There is even an open topped hop on / hop off bus that travels around the New Forest villages.
With only five minutes in the car you are able to walk in the New Forest. Bikes can be hired from several local places such as Moors Valley Country park, or the villages such as Burley and Brockenhurst (worth stopping for a cream tea too!).
Places to Visit
Ringwood is a traditional market town on the edge of the New Forest which has still retained much of its original character. Every Wednesday the marketplace is blocked off for the traditional street market, but every evening it is buzzing with people, whether it is a meal out in a restaurant or a drink in the pub. In the day time there are plenty of small and unique shops to browse in and coffee shops. The old cattle market has now changed to The Furlong with places to sit and relax and some more well known high street shops, sometimes even French markets or street entertainment.
Ringwood is also on the Avon Valley Path, a 34-mile route across fields and footpaths across the Forest and alongside our beautiful River Avon that takes you from Salisbury Cathedral to Christchurch Priory.
The Castleman trail also runs along an old railway track with sections open near Burley and again from Ringwood, through Moors valley Countryside park and on to Poole and can be done in sections or one long day as a cycle trail, with sections along the River and through the forest.
There are lots of family friendly attractions and things to do nearby including Blashford Lakes Wildlife Reserve, Owl Raptor and Reptile Centre, Go Ape or the play trail at Moors Valley or walks at Avon Heath Country Park. For watersports there is also the New Forest Water Park on the road out of Ringwood towards Salisbury. For a family friendly beach we would recommend a visit to Hengistbury Head where you can take a cliff top walk, spend time on the beach and explore the area - there is a land train if you are tired and need a lift back to the car park! For the younger children you could visit Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park.
For an introduction to the New Forest we recommend www.walkingpicnics.co.uk who will take you on a two hour guided nature walk in the Forest. They will provide you with information about the history, plants and animals followed by a picknic with delicious home cooked food. Themed walks are available or set up your own by contacting them direct. Pre-booking is essential.
The New Forest villages are full of tea shops, ice cream shops, donkeys and ponies and well worth a visit.
If you prefer open space, we can recommend walks and quieter rural pubs in the forest too.
New Forest Water Park