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Having stayed within our local area and not having travelled very many miles since lockdown, on Friday we decided to head out of New Milton to the north of the forest, away from the busy tourist spots near the coast and to lesser known hidden away villages and hamlets.  Our route in the car took us through the village of Burley (known for it's witches) and then east out on the A31 for a few miles....

Today was the first time that we have ventured out into the New Forest by car for over 8 weeks, but we didn't need to go far to feel a world away from the town. Taking the forest road, out through Bashley, we turn at the Rising Sun and head down to Wootton Bridge; a stream follows slowly under the bridge and it's shallow enough here for paddling when the water is warm enough. We headed back over t...

A couple of days ago, before the rains came, we set out for a "circular choose the route" as we went along walk through the urban parts of New Milton and Ashley and out into the countryside, on paths we have never trod before. Heading from Inglewood Drive, we crossed the Ashley Road into Oak Road, and paused to lean over the narrow bridge to see how much water was in the possibly named Litchford s...

It was time for a walk today down Inglewood Drive and out of the town, heading east into the sweeping fields and ancient woodlands on the edge of the New Forest, stopping at a hidden graveyard & even having a singsong on our way! Although the cottage is in a small town, it's full of pathways that take you quickly out to the countryside. We crossed Caird Avenue at the bottom of the cottage's ro...

I would have to forgive you if you missed seeing the fabulous small lake hidden behind the trees when entering our small town of New Milton. If you've taken the A35 across the forest from Lyndhurst and come in through Bashley, then there is little doubt that you will pass Ballard Lake.  In this enclosed but charming location, a wander around the lake, away from what would be the hustle and bustle ...