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Lyndhurst Things to Do

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    by grayfo Updated Jun 8, 2011

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    Lyndhurst is at the centre of the New Forest a former royal hunting area, it was created in 1079 by William I (known as William the Conqueror) as a hunting area, principally of deer. Today the New Forest is made up of heaths, bogs, Ancient & Ornamental woodlands, and its most well-known inhabitants, the New Forest ponies.

    May 2011

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    by grayfo Updated Jun 8, 2011

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    The centre is a good source of maps and tourist information. The New Forest Centre offers walking tours of the open forest. Also available for sale within the office are the usual postcards, guides and books, gift ideas, regional specialities and local arts and crafts. All profits support the work of the New Forest Ninth Centenary Trust, the charitable trust that owns and runs the New Forest Centre. Within the centre is The New Forest Museum which is packed full of displays and activities about the New Forest National Park.

    Sunday to Saturday: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

    email office@newforestcentre.org.uk

    May 2011

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    The Lyndhurst Cross War Memorial

    The wheel cross is made of rough-hewn stone, at the front is a tablet bearing the names of fallen from WWI, the base bears WWII names, Falklands fallen are named below the WWII lost.

    May 2011

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    by carlrea Written Jan 3, 2006

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    The La Pergola was recommended to us by a young girl at the hotel where we were staying and she assured us that although slighty more expensive was out of this world and worth every penny.

    She was not wrong! we turned up and although a Wednesday night it was packed out, we were lucky to get a seat.

    The service was excellent and the staff friendly - this just topped off the wonderful food that was served to us.

    Favorite Dish: Mozzarella in Carrozza
    (Mozzarella cheese wrapped with parma ham,breaded & deep fried) was my starters - never had this before, now i am hooked and this was followed by Tortellini alla Panna - (Meat filled pasta parcels tossed with ham, cream & mushrooms)

    After this we were stuffed - but no they would not let us rest and tempted us with the dessert menu so i thought why not and had Chocolate cheesecake which just about killed me and finished me off

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Lyndhurst Warnings and Dangers

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    Ponies wait at the Post Office.

    by colin_bramso Updated Apr 23, 2007

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    The free-roaming animals have right of way throughout the forest. They're not very clever when it comes to traffic, so if you're driving in the area please watch out for them wandering along the roads, or even simply standing in the middle of the road.

    It's especially hard to see them after dark - they're just dark shapes amongst the dark shadows - so be extra careful then.

    That applies to the villages as well as the open country areas, as this queue of ponies across the road in the village of Piley shows. Why they were queueing at the Post Office is a mystery! Lyndhurst has cattle grids to keep the animals out of the village, but they graze freely all around it so be careful as you drive out of the village.

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    by carlrea Updated Jan 4, 2006

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    A lot of the speed limits in the New Forest are kept artificially low i.e. under 40mph - this is due to the amount of wildlfe i.e. horses that graze at the side of the road, i love fast cars but..... there is a time and a place and hammering through the New Forest is not one of them.

    Keep it sensible, and keep it down and besides you'll enjoy the scenery more :-)

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    Map of Lyndhurst - 1814

    by grayfo Updated Jun 9, 2011

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    Favorite thing: The name Lyndhurst (Lindhyrst), dates back to Saxon times, and means ‘lime wood’, although nowadays Lyndhurst has few lime trees. Close to Lyndhurst at Matley Heath, mounds of Bronze Age round barrows can be seen and at Pondhead, near Matley, Roman coins have been excavated.

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    Outskirts of Lyndhurst. 1 more image

    by colin_bramso Updated Apr 23, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Lyndhurst isn't very big, so walking around and beyond it is easy...and the best way to get to know it.

    It's surrounded by open forest - much of the New Forest is actually open grassland - where you'll see the famous ponies wandering freely. You'll also see some very attractive farms and houses, so typically English and so much an integral part of the countryside, on the outskirts of the village.

    On summer weekends you'll often be able to watch a cricket match on the picturesque cricket field just on the eastern outskirts of the village at Bolton's Bench, for a typically English relaxed afternoon's enjoyment.

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    What a cute baby! 2 more images

    by colin_bramso Updated Sep 3, 2006

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    Favorite thing: All over the New Forest you'll see the free-ranging ponies. But there are also several small herds of donkeys to look out for - I came across this very young baby just outside Lyndhurst.

    Cute and friendly as they are, visitors are asked not to feed the animals, because they can be aggressive - they are wild animals after all - and because if they're attracted by food to the roads they are in danger from traffic. Sadly, many are killed every year by cars.

    Lyndhurst has cattle grids and gates to keep the animals out of the village centre, but they wander freely all around the rest of the area.

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