New Forest Driving Tour Suggestions

Circular Tour of the New Forest

This ‘circular tour’ takes starts at our base.

Taking you down to Lepe Beach where there’s a cafe and toilets.

From Lepe Beach, you drive towards Beaulieu and out on to the open heathland towards Lymington (you can easily add an extra stop here for ice cream and lunch).

After Lymington, head down to Hurst Road East Car Park. From here, you can walk down the beach towards Hurst Castle, it takes around 45-60 minutes and is likely to be very windy!

From Hurst Castle, head towards Highcliffe (you can add a stop at Highcliffe Castle), where there is parking at Avon Beach. This is next to the Noisy Lobster, an excellent restaurant (book in advance).

From Avon Beach, head back in to the Forest, towards Burley and onwards to Lyndhurst.

From Lyndhurst, head towards Cadnam in the direction of Paultons Park (Peppa Pig World), then back out in to the New Forest, past Stagbury Hill and back to base.

Total mileage: 67 miles
Approx. 2 hours 30 minutes of driving time

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New Forest Seaside Driving Tour

This circular tour of South Coast beaches starts at our base

Head towards Cadnam (Paultons Park / Peppa Pig World), and out in to the New Forest. You can add a stop at Minstead here if you prefer.

Through Lyndhurst and down to Brockenhurst, and keep going towards Lymington, stopping along the way.

Head towards Milford on Sea, and out to the car park near Sturt Pond – this is the best local spot for crabbing where there’s a small bridge just at the entrance to Sturt Pond. The Needles Eye Cafe is near the car park.

From here, head along the coast towards Highcliffe, where you can stop in the top car park overlooking the sea.

After Highfliffe, you can stop at Highcliffe Castle on the way towards Avon Beach and Mudeford.

From Mudeford, keep going along the coast towards Southbourne and park at Hengistbury Head car park where there’s a visitor’s centre.

You can then head down the coast road towards Bournemouth, driving down Boscombe Promenade, before turning to head back.

Head towards Ringwood and the quickest route back is directly along the A31. For a more leisurely route, you can turn off at Stoney Cross and drive across the Forest towards Fritham (past Ocknell and Janesmoor Pond), before heading to Bramshaw and back to base.

Total mileage: 64 miles
Approx. 2 hours 15 minutes of driving time

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Castles Tour of the New Forest

The Castles Tour of the New Forest starts at our base

Head towards Totton and continue on the A326 towards Fawley. Follow the road to the very end, arriving at Calshot Castle where there’s plenty of parking and views across the Solent towards the Isle of Wight.

From Calshot, head back out in to the Forest, heading towards Beaulieu.

From Beaulieu, head up past Hatchet Pond and out on to the heathland heading towards Lymington. After Lymington, continue towards Keyhaven and take the road towards Keyhaven Yacht Club. You can park in the large car park next to the Yacht Club, or keep going towards to seafront and if you are lucky, find a space near Sturt Pond.

Head back out to Milford on Sea and follow the coast road towards New Milton, and on towards Highcliffe Castle. Highcliffe Castle is close to Avon Beach and Mudeford Quay, which are also good stopping points.

After Highcliffe, head back out to the Forest heading towards Burley and join the A31 towards Ower. For a more leisurely route, you can turn off at Stoney Cross and drive across the Forest towards Fritham (past Ocknell and Janesmoor Pond), before heading to Bramshaw and back to base.

Total mileage: 70 miles
Approx. 2 hours 30 minutes of driving time

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History Tour of the New Forest

The History Tour of the New Forest starts at our base

Head towards Totton and continue on the A326 towards Fawley. Follow the road to the very end, arriving at Calshot Castle where there’s plenty of parking and views across the Solent towards the Isle of Wight.

From Calshot, head back out in to the Forest, heading towards Beaulieu, where you can find the Palace House at Beaulieu Motor Museum.

From Beaulieu, it’s a short drive to Bucklers Hard, where you will find a small but superb maritime museum, with stunning views across the Beaulieu River.

From Bucklers Hard, head up past Hatchet Pond and out on to the heathland heading towards Lymington. After Lymington, continue towards Keyhaven and take the road towards Keyhaven Yacht Club. You can park in the large car park next to the Yacht Club, or keep going towards to seafront and if you are lucky, find a space near Sturt Pond. There’s a small passenger ferry from Keyhaven Yacht Club that will take you to Hurst Castle, or if you park near the beach, it’s a 30-45 minute walk along the very windy shingle bank – this is where Charles I was imprisoned, his gaolers allowing him to walk along the seaside shingle bank for exercise, so you’ll be walking in his footsteps!

From Keyhaven, head back through Lymington and on towards Brockenhurst and Lyndhurst. After Lyndhurst, take the left turn towards Minstead (which is where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is laid to rest, at the All Saints Church). Head on to the A31 and almost immediately make a U turn on the slip road, and then an immediate left turn, to find the Rufus Stone (which marks the spot where King William II was accidentally killed by Sir Walter Tyrell). This is a good picnic spot.

Head towards Bramshaw and turn right at Stocks Cross, which brings you to Stagbury Hill – the site of a Bronze Age burial cemetery.

From Stagbury Hill (‘Stag Hill’), it’s a short drive back to our base.

Total mileage: 67 miles
Approx. 2 hours 40 minutes of driving time

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