Trains to The New Forest

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Just 90 minutes from London Waterloo

There are 220 square miles of ancient woods, meadows and heathlands to explore in this National Park, which is home to 9000 free roaming ponies, donkeys and cattle who don’t bat an eyelid as you pass by. Come to see wonderful landscapes filled with wild-flowers, chocolate box villages and vibrant wildlife. With no mountains or huge hills to climb, walking and cycling are relatively easy with many routes passing historic pubs for a bite to eat. This is a year-round destination and probably one of the most dog-friendly holiday hot spots in the UK.

Get set for summer and pack a picnic - you won’t need to look far for a quiet spot with a beautiful view. Planning your next day trip is easy with our recommendations and our journey planner.


New Forest Activities offer escorted tours on sturdy 2-4 seat Canadian canoes (suitable from 18 months) or one man Kayaks. Learn all about the regions history and spot riverbank wildlife and birds. To make it a full day out, hire a bike, try archery, woodland laser battle, high and low ropes courses or bushcraft. Prices start at £14, open all year.  Paultons Park – home of Peppa Pig World is the UK’s number 1 family theme park, voted on TripAdvisor. Beaulieu - Beaulieu Palace, Abbey and Gardens is also the location for the world famous Beaulieu Motor MuseumHurst Castle – Walk the 1.5 mile pebble spit to Henry VIII’s coastal fortress overlooking the Isle of Wight. 

Escape everyday life and cycle around a world where wild ponies, donkeys, highland cattle and deer roam free. You can hire bikes from Cyclexperience located in Brockenhurst station car park. It really couldn’t be easier to explore the forest’s historic villages and ancient woodland.

The New Forest
The New Forest

Beresford’s holds two rosettes for a very good reason and almost everything is made in-house – delicious! The Elderflower Chef/owner Andrew Du Bourg formerly Head Chef at 5* Chewton Glen hotel and Michelin starred Club Gascon, London creates modern British/French-inspired food. Verveine Fish Market and Restaurant specialises in locally caught fish and seafood dishes - the tasting menu is to die for!


Balmer Lawn Hotel and Spa this 4* boutique hotel is surrounded by open forest yet only a 10 minute walk from Brockenhurst station. It has a spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sauna, gym, squash courts and on-site bike hire. There are 54 Individually designed bedrooms, sun terraces and cosy bar selling bitter from their own microbrewery.  New Forest Cottages have more than 150 cottages sleeping 2 – 15+ for all budgets, thatched cob cottages, houses with swimming pools or a private beach to romantic bolt holes. Many have direct forest access with ponies grazing outside your window.


Explore Brockenhurst for the unusual sight of ponies, donkeys and cattle wandering around the high streets’ quaint and interesting shops. The busy town of Lyndhurst is “capital” of the New Forest and The Old Apothecary is a wonderfully quirky highlight. Make sure you visit the nautical, Georgian town of Lymington with its high street of independent boutique shops and popular Saturday street market.

Travel Links

Just 90 minutes away from London Waterloo station on the train. Travel with South Western Railway to the New Forest straight from London WaterlooBasingstokeWinchester, Southampton, Bournemouth, Poole and Weymouth. With nine train stations in the New Forest you will be sure to be just a short distance away from your final destination. You can find a train station in the following New Forest locations: Ashurst, Beaulieu Road, Brockenhurst, Hinton Admiral, Lymington Town, Lymington PierNew Milton, Sway and Totton.

For more ideas on what to do in the New Forest, see The New Forest National Park Website.

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