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Day Trip to the New Forest?

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Day Trip to the New Forest?

On a recent thread about day trips, I saw a recommendation for a day trip to the New Forest to see the wild ponies (by Akkarin). Can this be done by public transport? If so, how? Thanks for any suggestions.

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1. Re: Day Trip to the New Forest?

SouthWest trains would be the best option, Waterloo to probably Brockenhurst but I'm not sure how or if you will see ponies nearby as I usually pass through there on the way to Poole. Others may have some suggestions as there is a train that stops at the New Forest stations [Ashurst (New Forest) & Beaulieu Road] but make sure you get one of the fast trains to Southampton Central and change there for the stopping service.

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2. Re: Day Trip to the New Forest?

It is certainly feasible to get from London to the New Forest for a day.

You can take the train from London (Waterloo) to Brockenhurst or Ashurst , and then pick up a tour bus.

See http://www.thenewforesttour.info/index.shtml for details of routes, times and fares.

Brockenhurst is probably the better station to go to, as it has a more frequent service.

If you are feeling fit and active, you can also hire bikes at Brockenhurst Station.

http://www.newforestcyclehire.co.uk/

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Yes, Brockenhurst is where I meant. You can literally walk out into the wild woods from there (or hire a bicycle from the station).

The ponies are only semi wild in that they are used to people (and people feeding them. Please don't! This is one of the reasons they get run over). I would be amazed if you didn't see lots of them. Brockenhurst is unfenced so they ponies are there, along with cows (Higland cattle), and donkeys eating flowers from peoples' gardens etc. Another good place is Beaulieu, especially if you want to see the donkeys.

Lyndhurst and Lymington are fenced and cattle gridded so no creatures in the high street. Though less than a 2 minute walk over the cattle grid to the cricket ground and you will likely see ponies in Lyndhurst.

Lyndhurst calls itself the capital of the New Forest and has a visitors centre. It also has an extremely large number of tea rooms and is often busy with tour groups. The garage in Lyndhurst only sells Ferrais and Maserati and has become a bit of a tourist attraction in itself. This also tells you all you need to know about how expensive it is to live in Lyndhurst!

There are train stations at Ashurst, Beaulieu Road and Lymington. You need to change at Brockenhurst for Lymington or Southampton for the others. At Beaulieu Road there is a pub in the middle of nowhere and nothing else. It is not in the village of Beaulieu. Prime pony country though.

Traveling by smaller local train you will very likely see deer. They don't really have fear. There are also piglets in the autumm only(it's like the serengetti with farm animals....).

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4. Re: Day Trip to the New Forest?

The New Forest is also one place where England's only poisonous snake, the adder, can be found. It is very unlikely that you will see one though, as they tend to avoid people and usually only bite if provoked or they feel threatened.

You just need to be aware of this if walking, especially if wearing shorts.

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To get an adder to bite you, you pretty much have to grab hold of it by it's head. They are very timid and you are extremely unlikely to see one. They are not poisonous enough to kill you even in the event you were bitten. You are much much more likely to be kicked by a horse!

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http://www.thenewforesttour.info/#4

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