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Autumn in the New Forest

29th August 2013 Print
New Forest Glade

Autumn is a truly magical time to visit the New Forest.  The Forest comes alive with the red and gold of the changing leaves, the historical pubs light their log fires, and from mid-September pigs are let out for 'pannage' an ancient custom where pigs are let loose in the forest to eat the fallen acorns which are poisonous to the New Forest ponies.

There is no better time to explore the 150 miles of trails through the forest either on foot, bike or horseback.  The routes will guide you through shady glades of ancient woodland and across open heathlands with stunning views and masses of wildlife including the New Forest ponies and pigs, deer and lots more.   

There are lots of exciting activities including archery and kayaking within the forest and more water sports along the Forest's 43 mile coastline including sailing, wake boarding and water skiing.  Children can enjoy 'Fungi Walks' to spot fairy toadstools or hunt for conkers and during October half term a great selection of Halloween events are happening including a Ghost train at Exbury, pumpkin carving at The New Forest Centre, and lots of ghostly activities at Beaulieu House.

New Forest Cottages have some lovely properties perfect for autumn breaks in the Forest.  For couples Little Cottage is a pretty, thatched one-bedroom cottage situated on a quiet forest track in the hamlet of Tiptoe.  Originally built around 200 years ago, the cottage has recently been completely renovated and enjoys a large garden and south facing courtyard.  Located in the south of the National Park, Little Cottage is a good base for exploring both the south coast and the New Forest.  Sleeps 2 adults and 1 infant.  From £450 for a 7 night break. 

Forest View, near Beaulieu, is perfect for families wanting to explore the Forest.  This spacious house is set in a beautiful, rural location, with direct access to the open forest and cycle network as well as being close to Beaulieu House and Estate with its famous car museum and many other attractions and activities for children.  Forest View sleeps up to 8 and has a large garden and children's play area with slide, swing, trees house and sandpit.  From £400 for a 3 night break.  

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New Forest Glade