Camping New Forest

Review: Hollands Wood Campsite, New Forest

I had high hopes for this campsite. I had been sold tales of peaceful tranquility and tents nestled between the trees.

So, turning off a busy main road into the campsite was a bit of a shock. It would be impossible to mask the sounds of the roaring traffic or escape from the fumes and pollution we had left London to avoid.

How wrong was I?!

Hollands Wood is an oasis of calm and beauty. Enthusiastic staff usher you through the gates and lead you into one of the most idyllic campsites I’ve ever seen. With free roam of the site you are invited to choose your own spacious plot and you really are spoiled for choice.

In the end we plumped for a spot with an uninterrupted view of the adjacent heath land. It was spectacular.

Hollands Wood Campsite New Forest

We were even joined by some four-legged friends who helped us pitch up.

Hollands Wood Campsite Ponies

Hollands Wood Campsite Horses

The campsite is situated close to the picturesque village of Brokenhurst. Brokenhurst is at the heart of the New Forest as its quaint train station whizzes tired London commuters to the heart of the National Park in just over an hour.

Cute country pubs, such as The Snakecatcher and the Rose and Crown serve delicious hearty meals and local draught ale, perfect after a long woodland ramble.

Brokenhurst is easily walk-able from the campsite and the stroll is pretty darn scenic too. There’s even rope-swings to keep the kids entertained…

Brokenhurst New Forest

The best thing about this campsite is waking up to the mist swirling on the heath and ponies grazing metres from your tent. (I admit, the ponies are blooming terrifying at first but the mini Shetland ponies are probably the cutest things I’ve ever seen).

Why can’t all Sunday mornings be like this?

New Forest Camping

A night at Hollands Wood is £20. Avoid the barrage of kids and head down during the week. Book your stay here.

New Forest Autumn

3 of the Best Walks in the New Forest

New Forest Stroll

The New Forest is famed for its beautiful woodland walks. Here are three of the best.

1- Wilverley Plain

Wilverley Plain gives you the best of both worlds. An enclosed forest melts into expansive heath land frequented by the famous New Forest ponies and picnickers alike. The track is supposedly simple to follow but I obviously managed to get hopelessly lost and almost lost a shoe to a swampy bog.

Nevertheless, if you follow the path properly it is 2.5 miles in length and suitable and enjoyable for every walking ability.

2- Whitefield Moor

I was unprepared for how much I would appreciate the moorland. I’d always thought of myself as a forest gal but the romantic allure of the wide open plains captivated me. Confronted with a stretch of uninterrupted land made me want to skip and frollick, Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush being my anthem of choice in this situation.

Fortunately the plains were deserted and allowed for such silliness, although the ponies didn’t look very impressed… Eerie atmospheric beauty at its best.

Whitefield Moor

3- Blackwater Arboretum

Hands down the best walk in the New Forest. The shock of the forest after a couple of miles of open heath land, is enhanced by the ornamental woodland drive which winds itself deep into the forest. The Tall Trees trail lives up to its name with giant Red Woods and ancient Douglas Firs towering above.

The trail is only 1.5 miles long and all on the flat.

Make sure you pay a visit to the gated Arboretum itself and follow the sensory trail to see a collection of trees from all over the globe. Top it all off with a scotch egg in the picnic area, the most scenic in the National Park.

Blackwater Arboretum

Blackwater New Forest

Do you have any New Forest favorites? Let me know by leaving a comment below or contacting me via the links here.

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Festival Camping

A Weekend Retreat

Festival Camping

This weekend I am going to be catching up with my forgotten friend; good ol’ Mumma Nature.

My boyfriend and I are retreating back into the wild and heading deep into the forest, the New Forest to be exact, to hide amongst the trees and watch wild horses gallop peacefully in the clearings.

We are going to be camping, which is something I haven’t done sober for a while… I hope it’s quite refreshing to wake up with sunlight streaming into your tent and the fresh air only a zip away. It will be nice to be civilized for once! (Or as civilized as camping can be…)

My boyfriend has enjoyed romanticising our little break. He imagines collecting firewood and riding wild horses bareback through the forest. I just hope for a couple of nice walks and maybe a trip to the seaside. He wants to head off the beaten track and wander into the dark depths of the forest and live off wild berries. I’m sure we will find a compromise somewhere!

Regardless, it will be a nice trip down memory lane. I haven’t been to the New Forest for years, despite it being just over an hour away. I was put off for a couple of years after an unfriendly horse didn’t take kindly to my chubby fingers prodding its behind…

Any New Forest tips will be greatly appreciated, I want to make the most of this weekend away and squeeze in as much as I can.

Also, I’d love to know if you guys have any camping horror stories? Get in contact with me or leave a comment and let me know!

Camping Festival