Wildlife in the streets.
Favorite thing: All over the New Forest animals roam freely.
The area is famous for the wild ponies, but cattle, pigs & deer can be seen all over and in many of the villages ponies and donkeys wander around the streets. Another charming aspect of the New Forest.
In Beaulieu there are several donkeys, a particular mother and her baby regularly wander from the picnic area to a shop where the owner keeps a bucket of water for them. In the photo you can see her coming from her shop to refill the empty bucket.
The dog and its owner seem a bit bemused!
Walking is best.
Favorite thing: This is a lovely village, and general area, to walk around to soak up the atmosphere.
Gently sloping rather than hilly, it's not hard work. Walk down the High Street to the Montagu Arms pub, then just beyond that is a pretty spot on the river bank, with lovely old buildings across the water, where you can have a picnic.
Just a little further on is Lord Montagu's Estate, which is open to the public and well worth visiting. The National Motor Museum is located on the estate.
In the picnic area, you'll probably have the company of the wild donkeys which seem to have made it their home.
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