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Top 5 New Forest Picnic Spots

As the sun shines down on our glorious English countryside, what could be nicer than packing up a picnic and finding a secluded spot away from the madding crowds for lunch with a view?

July marks National Picnic Month, and to celebrate, we have shared our 5 best picnic spots in the New Forest. Don't forget to bring your camera; these are all picture-worthy spots!

Mogshade Hill

A beautifully picturesque spot located near Bratley View car park in Minstead, Lyndhurst. Enjoy your picnic whilst looking over the calm reflection of the trees in the water. You may even be joined by some ponies as they come to drink from the pond. This is an iconic photography spot for its year round beauty.

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Exbury Gardens

Exbury’s beautiful gardens cover over 200 acres of the New Forest. An outstanding collection of azaleas, camellias and rare trees bloom during the Summer months, creating a stunning haven. With shady riverside walks and perfect picnic spots next to ponds, Exbury Gardens is a fantastic picnic spot. Speak to our Reception team who can book tickets for you at a preferential rate.

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Milford on Sea

The New Forest isn’t just all about trees and poines, it also has a fantastic coastline. A small traditional village which began as a Saxon settlement, Milford on Sea has plenty to offer. With cliff top walks and views across to Christchurch Harbour and the Isle of Wight, you will feel a million miles away from the stresses of daily life when visiting here.

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Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary

Bolderwood is situated in the heart of the New Forest along the Ornamental Drive. With a purpose build platform overlooking the large meadow, you’ll be able to take some wonderful photographs of these lovely animals. Between April and September you are also able be able to see the deer being fed between 12.30pm and 2.30pm. With plenty of area to run around, explore and learn all about the deer, this is a great place to bring children to enjoy your picnic.

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Beaulieu River

Owned by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, this river has been conserved by the Montagu family for over four centuries. Beginning near Lyndhurst in the centre of the New Forest, the river flows south-easterly across the forest to the small picturesque village of Beaulieu. Below Beaulieu the river passes through the village of Buckler’s Hard before entering the sea through the Solent. With the lower ends of Beaulieu River not served by footpaths, consider taking your picnic on a boat trip with you. This is a peaceful haven surrounded by wildlife from kingfishers to kestrels to seals, this is one of our favourite picnic spots.

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Why not extend your visit to the New Forest and stay the night? Our seasonal New Forest breaks will refresh your mind, body and soul right in the heart of the forest.