It was camping that initially drew us to the New Forest. The family and I would load up the car and head south along the M3. Not breathing till we crossed the first cattle grid. It always seemed to me that these grids seemed to filter the city stresses from us, just as much as they restrained the livestock they were designed to contain. We all relaxed more and breathed deeper in the calm of the New Forest. Especially under canvas. Our weekend micro-adventures became increasingly frequent. Camping in the forest became an irresistible lure. We were hooked.
I blame Hollands Wood campsite for forcing us to uproot our home to the New Forest. Next month marks our sixth anniversary here.
We all loved our times camping out in the forest. Our youngest daughter fell in love with the ponies and the paddling in the streams. While Susan had a thing for the ponies too. It was probably the donkeys which plucked on her heart strings with the sweetest lullaby. For me, it was the forest itself, which was my irresistible siren. The thought of exploring and uncovering her secrets on foot or by bicycle was my undoing. Especially so, after a day glaring at a hard edged computer monitor. I loved the decay, the fungi, the rot and the new life that somehow evolved from the forest chaos. The light, shaded and filtered by oak was kinder. The mists that rolled across and shrouded the marshes and bogs. Evoking a distant time to me. I could imagine it was just the same as when there were smugglers a foot, around these parts.
It was our love of the forest that led us to create this website. A digital place where we could share our organic days out. The attractions, sights and collective thoughts from our micro-adventures we shared in this wonderful National Park.
Our camping pages have been nagging at me for a while now. Desperate for some attention. I am relieved now to have given them a bit of a polish and a clean. Especially as spring has finally now sprung. Many of the campsites are just opening up again after a long damp winter. I have a hunch that 2014 will be remembered for it’s glorious British summer. Surely after the winters’ floods we are due a bit of sunshine? Let’s hope so.
If you have never done it. Why not try canvas under the New Forest sky? Or hitching up your caravan, or dusting off your motorhome for a trip to the lungs of the south? There are about 5000 pitches to choose from here. From old school basic, to glamping with all mod cons. You’ll find Mongolian yurts or touring caravan parks with electric hook-ups. Some even have pools and golf courses. There are some right in the middle of the forest and some closer to the south coast and the beaches.
Whatever micro-adventure you are after you will find it on a campsite or caravan park that suits you. But be very careful. It’s very addictive. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
We would also like to take this opportunity to mention our 2014 season camping sponsor, Propex Heating and Leisure Accessories. They have recently moved from Southampton to some very impressive new premises in Ringwood. They have just opened their state-of-the-art caravan and motorhome workshop plus a showroom full of caravan accessories. Perfectly placed on the edge of the New Forest to help service the many caravans, motorhomes and camper vans which visit here. Highly recommended.