Whether cycling across open moors, horse-riding beneath a canopy of forest or sipping lemonade in a remote pub, “slow” is the only way to enjoy the New Forest. The villages have distinct characters: Lymington, the town with a yachting slant, Brockenhurst, where animals parade the high streets, Burley, with its link to witchcraft, and Fordingbridge, a charming small town on the banks of the Avon. This guide offers local insight into the best ways to enjoy Britain’s smallest national park.
Emily Laurence Baker is a freelance writer who has written numerous articles about England and other locations for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many other publications. She has lived in London and the New Forest for 10 years.
Part One: Introduction
What is the Slow Movement? An introduction to the region. †††††††††††
Part Two: Areas
Chapter 1:† Northern Forest: Fordingbridge and surrounding area. Breamore House. Fishing in River Avon. Rockford Common. Fritham Bramshaw.
Chapter 2:† Lyndhurst and surrounding area. Verderersí Court. New Forest Wildlife Park. Eling Tide Mill. Lower Test Nature Reserve.
Chapter 3:† Brockenhurst and surrounding area. Rhinefield Ornamental Drive. Blackwater Arboretum. Boldrewood, Sway. Wilverley and Burley.
Chapter 4:† Southwest Forest: Beaulieu/Bucklerís Hard/Exbury. Calshot Castle and Southampton coast.
Chapter 5:† Southwest Forest: Lymington and nearby coastal areas. Milford, Keyhaven and Hurst Castle.