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The New Forest Towns and Villages

Enjoying the New Forest

Beaulieu and Exbury and Hythe home of Beaulieu National Motor Museum, and Exbury Gardens a must in spring time. Nearby is Hythe with the world's oldest pier train and views across to Southampton Docks to see all large liners. Market day Tuesdays.

Brockenhurst has a main line station to London Waterloo. It is a pleasant village in the New Forest, with a ford running through the main road and where ponies can be seen in the village streets waiting outside the cake shop.

Burley is a honey pot for holiday makers. With its cream teas and the home of New Forest Cider. Nearby the village of Bransgore with its lovely Public Houses.

Cadnam is a small forest edge hamlet on the entrance to the New Forest. Once famous for an oak tree which was reputed to come into leaf on Christmas Day.

Christchurch: Close to Bournemouth with its award winning beaches, and exciting night life. Christchurch is home to Christchurch Priory, the neighbouring town of Highcliffe with its dramatic coastline is also worth a visit.

Fordingbridge and quiet village of Woodgreen, in the North of the New Forest. The town originally got its name from having a ford and a bridge .

Lymington is a famous Yachting town with Marinas and Cobbled Quay, Saturday Market, lots of restaurants, a branch line station and the ferry to the Isle of Wight. Includes villages of Everton, Hordle and Pennington.

Lyndhurst the gateway to the New Forest and home of the with New Forest Museum. The Verderers Court which overseas the forest's Commoners is located here.  Close by is Minstead, one of many delightful forest villages, the resting place of Sir Arthur Canon Doyle.

Milford and Keyhaven is siituated 3 miles from Lymington. Milford is stony beach, which is safe for swimming, with lovely views to the Isle of Wight. Keyhaven is part of the Solent Way and has a lovely pub and a sailing club and from here you can walk out along the spit to visit Hurst Castle.

New Milton and Barton is uniquely situated, sandwiched between the New Forest and the sea, with a wide range of leisure activities. With Ashley, Bashley and Barton-on-Sea right on its door step.

Ringwood close to the main A31, has a street Market on Wednesday mornings in the town centre, it's own delightful museum and is situated on the River Avon.

Sway is a small village close to Lymington with the well known for Sway Tower built by Judge Petterson. Sway also has a main railway line.

Totton and Eling. Totton used to be known as the largest village in England on the edge of the New Forest but close to Southampton and the M271. Eling is a very pretty village with the Toll Bridge, Eling Tide Mill and a lovely Creek full of yachts and small boats.