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Experience The New Forest in your Campervan

Welcome to the ultimate family adventure in the heart of the New Forest, a magical destination in southeast England. With its ancient woodlands, charming villages, and an abundance of outdoor activities, the New Forest offers an unforgettable experience for families seeking both adventure and relaxation alike. Yes, you can have it all!

This seven-day New Forest Campervan itinerary is carefully crafted to maximize your time, but let’s not over plan it, freedom is the name of the game. This trip takes you on a journey through stunning landscapes, having a go at thrilling watersports, discovering exhilarating hikes, and peaceful cycling routes. Get ready to create lifelong memories with your loved ones as you explore the wonders of the New Forest.

Let’s go!

Day 1: East Midlands to New Forest (Approx. 160 miles, 3 hours driving)

Today marks the beginning of your exciting journey into the New Forest. As you leave the Midlands behind, all packed up in your amazing VanGlorious Campervan, you’ll embark on a scenic drive towards your first destination. The New Forest is renowned for its diverse wildlife, ancient trees, and picturesque villages. Upon arrival, settle into one of the suggested campsites, offering you everything you need for your week long adventure.

Campsite Options:

Hollands Wood Campsite: Nestled in the heart of the New Forest, this campsite provides excellent facilities and easy access to walking trails.

Roundhill Campsite: Surrounded by woodland and heathland, this family-friendly campsite offers a peaceful retreat with modern amenities.

Ashurst Campsite: Situated near Ashurst village, this campsite is ideal for exploring the nearby attractions and enjoying outdoor activities.

Top Tourist Attractions:

Beaulieu National Motor Museum: Discover a fascinating collection of vintage cars, motorcycles, and memorabilia.

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway: Explore stunning gardens, ride the miniature steam railway, and admire the vibrant floral displays.

Best Places to Eat:

Breakfast: The Old Station Tea Rooms – Enjoy a traditional English breakfast in a charming setting.

Lunch: The Drift Inn – Relish delicious pub fare with a focus on locally sourced ingredients.

Dinner: The Foresters Arms – Indulge in hearty British dishes served in a cozy, family-friendly atmosphere.

Day 2: New Forest Watersports

Today is all about watersports in the New Forest. Head to the stunning Beaulieu River for a day of kayaking, paddleboarding, or sailing. With its tranquil waters and scenic surroundings, the river offers the perfect setting for aquatic adventures for the whole family. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned water enthusiast, there’s something for everyone to enjoy amidst the natural beauty of the New Forest.

Day 3: New Forest Hiking (No driving)

Get ready to lace up your hiking boots and explore the captivating landscapes of the New Forest on foot, from your Campervan! Choose from a variety of scenic trails ranging from easy strolls to more challenging hikes. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of nature as you meander through ancient woodlands, heathlands, and picturesque villages. Keep an eye out for the New Forest ponies roaming freely in their natural habitat, adding to the enchantment of your hiking experience.

This is a great website for all sorts of walking and hiking trails around the New Forest…. https://www.alltrails.com/

Day 4: New Forest Cycling (No driving)

Today, swap your hiking boots for bicycles as you embark on a cycling adventure through the New Forest. With miles of well-maintained trails and scenic routes to explore, cycling is a fantastic way to soak in the beauty of your surroundings while enjoying some family-friendly exercise. Choose a route that suits your skill level and interests, whether it’s a leisurely ride along the coastline or a more challenging trek through the forested trails. Don’t forget to pack a picnic and take breaks to admire the views along the way.

Day 5: New Forest Village Exploration 

Venture out to explore the charming villages scattered throughout the New Forest today. From quaint thatched cottages to historic pubs and bustling markets, each village has its own unique character waiting to be discovered. Be sure to visit Lyndhurst, known as the “capital” of the New Forest, where you can explore independent shops, sample local delicacies, and learn about the area’s rich heritage at the New Forest Museum. Take your time strolling through the picturesque streets and soaking up the laid-back atmosphere of village life.

You could either stay at your current campsite, or move on and enjoy a change of scenery…

Top Tourist Attractions:

Buckler’s Hard: Step back in time at this historic village and maritime museum, where you can learn about shipbuilding and explore period buildings.

Burley: Known for its connections to witchcraft and smuggling, Burley is a charming village with cozy tearooms and traditional pubs.

Best Places to Eat:

Breakfast: The Mad Hatter Tea Rooms – Enjoy a delightful breakfast in a quirky setting inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

Lunch: The Oak Inn at Lyndhurst – Savor classic pub fare with a modern twist, using locally sourced ingredients and seasonal produce.

Dinner: The Fox & Hounds at Lyndhurst – Tuck into hearty British dishes served in a welcoming pub atmosphere, complete with a roaring fireplace.

Day 6: New Forest Wildlife Encounter

Spend today immersing yourself in the natural wonders of the New Forest and seeking out its diverse wildlife. There are some great suggestions here for some pretty special wildlife walks. Whether you’re birdwatching, deer spotting, or simply exploring the forest trails, keep your eyes peeled for the fascinating creatures that call this area home. Join a guided wildlife tour for expert insights and the best chances of spotting elusive species. From rare birds to wild ponies and deer, the New Forest is teeming with life, offering endless opportunities for wildlife enthusiasts of all ages.

Day 7: New Forest Farewell (Approx. 160 miles, 3 hours driving)

As your unforgettable New Forest Campervan adventure comes to an end, take one last opportunity to soak in the beauty of this enchanting region. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your campsite before bidding farewell to the tranquil surroundings and setting off on your journey home. Reflect on the wonderful memories you’ve created with your family as you drive through the picturesque countryside, taking in the sights one last time. While it may be hard to say goodbye to the New Forest, you can carry the spirit of adventure and the warmth of family bonding with you as you return home refreshed and rejuvenated. There may be time to squeeze some more memories into your New Forest adventure before you head on home…

New Forest Wildlife Park: Encounter a variety of native and exotic animals in naturalistic habitats, including otters, wolves, and bison.

Hurst Castle: Explore this historic fortress dating back to the time of Henry VIII, offering panoramic views of the Solent and Isle of Wight.


Here’s our rough breakdown of the estimated costs per person for your seven-day New Forest Campervan trip. Of course, you could spend more, or less, depending on your activities and food options:

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Please note that these costs are approximate and may vary depending on individual preferences and additional expenses incurred during the trip. Nevertheless, the memories and experiences gained from this adventure are truly priceless, making it a journey well worth undertaking for families seeking adventure, relaxation, and quality time together amidst the natural beauty of the New Forest. So jump in your VanGlorious Campervan, and head South, the New Forest is waiting for you! 

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