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Top 5 Things To Do In January In The New Forest

January is the month that brings great expectations of resolutions, goals and great plans for the year ahead, but it’s also often a month we neglect to fill with things to look forward to, instead associating it simply with the great post-Christmas ‘return to work.’ After the busyness of Christmas it’s understandable, but whatever your new year aims are, don’t forget to get out and enjoy January for the beautiful month that it is.

Discover our top 5 things to do in the New Forest in January…

Guided New Forest walks

The New Forest welcomes explorers of all ages and abilities to wander miles of paths, trails and tracks but sometimes it’s nice to do something a little different. Leave it to the local experts to bring our National Park to life. Wild New Forest offer a variety of guided walks led by an expert whether you wish to learn more about its history, prehistoric flora, conservation and forest management; birds, fungi, bats or butterflies.

From shorter ‘Welcome to the New Forest’ walks to ‘New Forest Discovery’ and ‘Explorer’ walks, Wild New Forest can guide you as a group, take you on a private tour, create bespoke routes and guide you on foot or by bike.

Hide & Sleep Break

Ever feel like you need a post-break break? Christmas festivities, socials events and parties are brilliant but we can sometimes step into January feeling wearied by all the festive fun. We know from the rising trend of ‘Sleep Tourism’ that guests are no longer just looking for a weekend away but a weekend break that focuses on enhancing wellbeing, time for self-care and improved sleep.

If that sounds familiar, consider the seasonal Hide & Sleep Break at our New Forest hotel this January. Time to relax and recharge using our luxurious leisure facilities and complimentary £30 spa credit to use towards a rejuvenating spa treatment or a peaceful afternoon easing tension in SenSpa’s hydrotherapy suite. A relaxing break in January also calls for celebration and nourishment, which is why this seasonal getaway also includes a bottle of Prosecco on arrival, dinner at one of our 3 hotel restaurants and a hearty continental breakfast.

Explore the New Forest on Horseback

With over 5,000 New Forest ponies roaming the National Park, you won’t wander far without spotting them. Take to horseback to soak up the beautiful landscapes of our ancient woodland at a calm and relaxing pace, whether you’re a beginner or experienced rider, for the chance to explore the New Forest from a different vantage point. Venture along bridleways and tracks that wind over open heathland, through ancient forest, or along idyllic coastal trails.

Guided cycle ride in the New Forest

January is a wonderful month to a enjoy a dinner, bed and breakfast break, or an adventure-filled cycling weekend if you’re looking for an escape from the masses – just one of the many reasons to book a winter getaway. One-to-one rides or group trails, full days, half days or adventure rides, the New Forest has more than 140-miles of waymarked gravel track for any kind of ride or rider.

Spot our roaming New Forest ponies and donkeys and take to our ancient forest, perfectly situated to offer rides through coast and country, and you can ride knowing you’re in the safe hands of a fully qualified Mountain Bike Leader.

At the end of a day of adventuring, retire to your room for a well-deserved rest or to our leisure club; relax poolside, ease aching muscles in the Jacuzzi, sauna or steam room, or book a session to relax in SenSpa’s hydrotherapy suite. SenSpa’s wide range of treatments are also available if those cycling muscles require deeper relaxation.

Afternoon Tea Spa Day

Combine two ultimate indulgences; Afternoon Tea and time at our award-winning New Forest spa, SenSpa. Sometimes you just have to give in to an afternoon of indulgence, and this January, when it’s cold outside, come in and warm up in our spa with an Afternoon Delight spa experience.

Change into your robe and slippers, laze and read in the Relaxation Room. Underwater benches and water jets await tired bodies in the Hydrotherapy Pool and our thermal rooms encourage calm, cleansing and detoxification; experience the Crystal Steam Room, the Tepidarium, the Laconicum and the Herbal Sauna with heated floors for ultimate relaxation.

Then, when tension has eased from the mind and body, sit down to a delicious Traditional Afternoon Tea of freshly baked scones with jam and cream, savoury sandwiches and a selection of sweet treats. (For those with dietary requirements please advise at the time of booking.)

Re-inspire your calendar this January and make it a month to remember; plan a relaxing countryside break in the New Forest that focuses on you, whether your idea of relaxation is time in the spa, cycling miles of gravel track or taking a guided walk through our ancient trees.