“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere” – Vincent Van Gogh
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“The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness” – John Muir
WELL HELLO YOU LOVELY BUNCH!!
Long time no blog… I hope you are all well and haven’t forgotten about me too much!
I know my posts have become quite unfrequented and I have very much missed my little blog and posting for you lovely readers but the honest truth is I really haven’t been up to anything exciting lately!
UNTIL LAST WEEK!! WOO HOO!!
So I am currently in the midst of changing jobs and moving for 6 months – EEEEK! and with everything settled and sorted, and having worked my last shift at my old job, I found myself with a string of a few free empty days, that can only mean one thing, TIME TO DO SOME EXPLORING!!
THE NEW FOREST
Having not had much opportunity for adventure days in the recent past, having these few days to do nothing but roam the endless rolling hills, stretches of vibrant green grassland and sand banks dotted with wild horses grazing in the sun, camera in hand, i was in my absolute element!!
And IT. WAS. A. DREAM.
For those of you who may not have visited the New Forest, all I can say is that turning off the motorway into the scenes of the new forest is quite literally breathtaking in its stark contrast to the journey there past urban towns, service stations and busy motorways.
We quite literally took one turning and were suddenly surrounded by a totally different world, considering the New Forest is under two hours car journey from hectic and crowded London the natural beauty saturating this area is something really quite special. Miles and miles of open road stretch ahead of you flanked by desert like sand and grassland in which wild horses graze and gallop.
It really was absolutely Stunning. Beautiful. Calm. Peaceful. Just Gorgeous.
The New Forest is known for its wild horses roaming free and the New Forest Pony is one of the most recognized mountain and moorland or native pony breeds of the British Isles. As they are used to exposure to people they are all extremely tame and appear to be more than happy and for a friendly nose rub and ear scratch. As a massive animal lover this was a highlight for me being able to get so close to such beautiful creatures!
(I would however recommend if any of you visit maybe taking the poor things some carrots as they’re probably still on a buzz from all the sugar cubes they snuffled out my hands… its all I had! Well sugar cubes and the bit of denim dungarees one of the foals tried to munch!!)
I stayed in a village called Lyndhurst which was the cutest, most charming little village laced with colorful bunting and a beautiful old church sitting at the top of the hill, the church bells rang gently every now and again which really added so much atmosphere and character to the quaint little town, perfect for a peaceful country getaway. Dotted with tea rooms, ice cream parlous with every flavor imaginable and enough country pubs to keep you full of wine and steak and ale pies to last a lifetime!! I couldn’t recommend this place enough! Especially in summer weather, it really was a holiday only an hour and a half from home!
There are many other villages also offering hotel and b&b accommodation as well including Brockenhurst, Ringwood and Lymmingon to name a few, all in short distances of each other! So exploring is easy and convenient wherever you are in the area!
If any of you have read my previous posts, you will know how much of a fan I am of a good garden!! And boy is there a good’un in the New Forest! Situated in the new forest national park, Exbury gardens is a stunning day out, everywhere you look in these magnificent gardens is laden with vibrant jewel like rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias. There is also a steam railway which is so charming and such a fun thing to do with all the family.
For pre or post adventure fuel there is also a fab little cafe, with indoor and outdoor seating, that cafe got my stamp of approval because I had the best bloomin’ (flower pun intended 😉 ) jacket potato of my life!! Hahaha massive highlight there… and a ginormous slice of marble cake! Would be rude not to when they’re homemade wouldn’t it…
It was just through and through a really lovely experience and I would go back tomorrow if I could! I don’t think any of my photos do justice to these beautiful gardens but I hope they can evoke some happy and summery vibes in you! I would say Exbury gardens is an absolute MUST DO on a trip to the New Forest!
This is just a snippet of what I got up to on my own trip, but with beautiful historical houses, motor museums, wildlife centers and even a deer sanctuary! There is so much to see and experience on a visit to the New Forest which is definitely worth a trip!
I really hope you’ve enjoyed this post, I hope I can be back with more content sooner next time! Until then I hope you all have a happy and wonderful week whatever you are up to!
See you soon!
Lottie x x x