Trains to The New Forest

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Just 90 minutes from 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. 

Spring and summer picnics are a must, and you won’t need to look far for a quiet spot with a beautiful view. Autumn hails the harvest from mother natures pantry, including over 2.700 species of mushrooms and fungi amidst vivid, colourful trees and leafy walks. Winters are magical with sparkly, frostbitten scenes and cosy thatched pubs with roaring log fires.


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 Museum., Hurst Castle – Walk the 1.5 mile pebble spit to Henry VIII’s coastal fortress overlooking the Isle of Wight.

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 Waterloo, Basingstoke, Winchester, Southampton, Bournemouth, Poole and Weymouth. With 8 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, New 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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