Top 5 Places to Visit in the New Forest

18th Jul 2020

If you need a little inspiration on what to do during your New Forest visit , here are our top 5 places as chosen by Careys Manor staff


Keyhaven - Ian Fry, Financial Director

Keyhaven is located on the border of the New Forest. A great contrast to the forest landscape, this small village is home to the quiet Keyhaven harbour. An important bird reserve, you are sure to spot many species. Stay until the evening and see amazing sunsets reflecting over the water.

“Keyhaven is a great spot for fishing with a lovely view across to the Needles on the Isle of Wight. We have also enjoyed catching the boat taxi over to Hurst Castle before strolling back which is around a mile walk. It is a definitely a place to spend a calm Sunday.

Hurst Castle

Furzey Gardens - Lina Lotto, Spa Director

First planted in 1922, Furzey Gardens has over 10 acres of enchanting woodland gardens which change with the seasons. The gardens now have an extensive collection of rare and beautiful plants from all around the world. There is much to see at Furzey including a lake which is home to a variety of wildlife, 16th century thatched cottage and fairy doors for children to explore.

“During the summer these gardens come to life, filled with bright and beautiful blooms being the sweet scent of summer. During the winter, Furzey is filled with a collection of heathers. They also have their own winter-flowering hybrid of heather which originated at the garden.”


Puttles Bridge – Jessica Cleary, Events Sales Manager

Beauty of fiery orange leaves crunching under your feet in autumn or a paddle in the forest stream to cool down on a hot summer’s day. With a choice of two short walking routes, you can admire the vast forest landscape as you walk. It would be a good idea to take wellies if the weather has been a little wet, as the walk takes you across the marsh. This is a perfect stop for a picnic or even re-live your childhood memories by playing a game of ‘pooh sticks’ at the bridge!

“Puttles Bridge is a great place to take the children, they love splashing in the stream during the summer or squelching across the muddy marsh in the autumn months, with the walks being short enough for little legs.”

Puttles Bridge

Rockford and Ibsley Common - Richard Naulleau, Le Blaireau Manager

A beautiful area of wilderness for adventure and exploration, steeped in history from World War II. With paths winding through ancient woodland through gorse and heather to stunning views, you will see so much more by foot than any other way.

"This area is so rich in interesting history, not to mention the spectacular scenery. Head to Robin Hood’s clump to see pine trees planted in the 1930’s on a Bronze Age disc barrow."

Rockford and Ibsley

Mogshade Pond - Françoise Gysemans, Wedding Coordinator

A beautifully picturesque spot, Mogshade Pond is a lovely place to enjoy your picnic whilst looking over the calm reflection of the trees in the water. This is an iconic photography spot for its year round beauty.

“Mogshade Pond is a calm and tranquil place, perfect for escaping city life for a few hours. If you can wake up early enough, this is the spot to watch an incredible sunrise. You may even be joined by some ponies as they come to drink from the pond.”

Top 5 Picnic Spots in New Forest Mogshade

Why not extend your visit to the New Forest and stay the night? If the view from your window has been less then inspiring of late, refresh your mind, body and soul right in the heart of the forest.

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