Day in The New Forest

Join us for a day in the New Forest


There can be few other places in England where the ancient landscape has remained so unchanged. In 1079 when William The Conqueror named the area his ‘new hunting forest', little could he imagine that nearly 1000 years later his ‘Nova Foresta' would still retain its mystery and romance.


In 2005 it became a National Park, in recognition of its outstanding natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage and the opportunities it gives for people to enjoy it. There is no shortage of things to do in the New Forest, from walking in the woods or across the beautiful heathland, to cycling, horse-riding, as well as visiting places of historical interest, enjoying a drink or meal out and exploring the coast.


Getting There
The group will catch the train from London Waterloo to Brockenhurst


We shall catch the 0905 train there arriving at 1037 leaving us with plenty of time to enjoy the day.


Returning around 1900 ish, depending on weather, it might be nice to go for a pub dinner somewhere outside if it’s a lovely day, so we can be flexible on return times. The trains seem to run every 30 mins or so.


Based on a group saver (4 people travelling) the cost of a return ticket is £21 each.

The group will meet at 0845 outside M&S Simply Food in Waterloo Station.  Its on the station concourse and is opposite platforms 7&8.  I have uploaded a station map to the files section of this site, and its labelled as number 22.  Please note there are two M&S Simply Foods at Waterloo, the other one is by the Victory Arch entrance, so please make sure you are at the right one!  The one I have chosen is central in the station, so should be easy to find. 

What will we do when we get there?


We shall explore!!


The New Forest Tour is an open top bus experience linking many major towns, villages and attractions in the New Forest National Park.


Each route has a special commentary about the landscape, history, and culture of the area it covers, making it a great way to find out more about the New Forest National Park. We are going to take the blue coastal route which goes via: Brockenhurst – Setley – Lymington – Everton – Keyhaven – Milford on Sea – Shorefields Country Park – Barton on Sea – Hoburne Naish – Walkford – New Milton – Bashley – Thorney Hill – Burley – Holmsley – Brockenhurst


The Blue Route is your gateway to the beautiful beaches and coastal scenery of the south west of the New Forest National Park. From Brockenhurst, it heads down to historic Lymington and on to Keyhaven, home to Hurst Castle. It then continues through the area’s lovely beach towns before heading inland past major camping sites and through some of the Forest’s finest scenery to the traditional village of Burley.


The trip is 2.5 hours long without stops, so we can hop on and off the bus as much as we like during the day, as long as we are mindful of catching the bus back in time to get back to Brockenhurst

The magnificent views afforded from the top of the Tour allow you to really take in this hugely diverse, beautiful landscape - and give you a better chance of spotting some of the beautiful animals of the New Forest, from deer to rare birds, and of course the famous ponies.
The cost of a day ticket for the bus tour is £13 each and this needs to be paid in advance so I can purchase tickets online.


Costs

Event Fees: This Daytripper’s event costs £5 for non-paid up members of The Daytripper’s & £3 for paid up members. If you’d like to be a fully paid up member you just need to visit the home page and click on membership dues on the left hand side.


Train: £21 return (based on a group saver ticket, so providing we have a group of four or more it should be around this rate)


Tour: £13 per person - payable when you sign up.


Other Expenses: Remember you will need money for food and refreshments and for any shopping you wish to do.


So when you sign up for this event you will need to pay £5 (or £3) plus £13 for the tour.

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  • nikki r.

    It's,a shame this didn't go ahead. I left my cancel message here on the board because of Louise not going. I wanted to go with a group. We are all entitled to a refund and I think you will find that Louise has already stated she will refund us all.

    August 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Nikki, I received my refund yesterday. Check your mailboxes or Paypal balance, everyone should have it by now.

      August 11, 2013

  • Allison

    Hi everyone, I went to station this morning and didn't see anyone - I sent message from my mobile but I'm surprised that it doesn't appear on this board (I'm at home now). I did check website from my phone and saw that Louise wasn't going but waited around to see if anyone else turned up. Such a shame as I was so looking forward to it. However, Louise I hope your back gets better soon.

    Under the circumstances, am I entitled to a refund?

    Thanks.

    Allison

    August 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Allison, where were you? I was standing outside M&S Simply Food (@ platforms 7-8)? I was there from 8.15 until I left at 9.30...

      August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Guys, I am now home. POLITE REMINDER: If you are unable to attend for any reason or if circumstances change, PLEASE either change your RSVP or leave a message on these boards to say that you are not coming. It makes life a LOT easier for the rest of us!

    August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    No one here trip abandoned :(

    August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone who is lost and looking around please show your hand by half past - last call :)

    August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone here am outside platform 7 my number[masked] :)

    August 10, 2013

  • nikki r.

    Hi Louise sorry to hear you've hurt your back and won't be with us for the daytrip. I've now decided I won't attend - the other 4 can get the saver tickets - see you soon.

    August 10, 2013

  • Nicole

    Would love to do this but have a birthday I need to go to.

    August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Louise sorry to hear about your back hope you get better soon I will be there at Waterloo see the rest of you tomorrow :)

    August 9, 2013

  • Robyn

    Have a great day everyone. Back in Perth now. This sounds like a wonderful day out

    August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all you can sign me up for this! :) Unfortunately I think I went around the houses after pressing the wrong button, Louise I will ping you with my receipt number, apologies my fault.... :S See you all there!

    July 23, 2013

    • Louise G.

      I've added you to the attendees list Martin

      July 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Cool many thanks, sorry once again, can't believe I did that... :)

      July 24, 2013

  • Louise G.

    Train tickets are always bought on the day to take advantage of the group rate

    July 24, 2013

  • Allison

    I'm interested in the group saver ticket and will wait to buy my ticket on the day because it's much cheaper.

    July 24, 2013

  • Louise G.

    Good question, I meant to go back and add the meeting up bit in to the detail, will do so when I get home

    July 22, 2013

  • Graceann

    Unfortunately, I have something else going that day, but I'm envious. Have fun!

    July 22, 2013

  • nikki r.

    This trip sounds awesome - where do we meetup at Waterloo?

    July 22, 2013

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