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.
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.
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.