Top 5 Picnic Spots in the New Forest

1st Jul 2019

As the sun beats 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?

Here are our 5 best picnic spots in the New Forest, just in time for National Picnic Week. Don't forget to bring your camera, these are all picture-worthy spots!


Mogshade Hill

A beautifully picturesque spot to 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.

Top 5 Picnic Spots in New Forest Mogshade

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.

Top 5 Picnic Spots in New Forest Exbury

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.

Top 5 Picnic Spots in New Forest Milford

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.

Top 5 Picnic Spots in New Forest Deer

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.

Top 5 Picnic Spots in New Forest


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