The animals that we most like, in The New Forest, are the Donkeys. Chris and I both love Donkeys, we think that they have very pretty faces. Whilst driving through The New Forest roads, we came upon a couple of Donkeys grazing by the roadside, so I got Chris to stop so that I coud take some photos. As soon as the car stopped and I openend the window to photograph them, they came waltzing up to the car. I managed to take a couple of quick, near, photos, but the next minute, one of the Donkeys had stuck his head and his neck into the window and proceeded to lick the front of our camera! We were laughing our heads off and stroking the Donkeys head at the same time, but once he realised that I wasn't going to feed him, he sauntered off around to Chris' side of the car, the other Donkey came to my window also. Thinking of this made me and Chris laugh for hours on end... It's the simple things in life that are the best.
The forest is managed by 10 verderers who meet 6 times a year at the Verderers court at Lyndhurst and appoint 4 Agisters who are responsible for managing the up to 5000 wild ponies and cattle that roam freely around the New Forest - annually these animals are rounded up by the Agisters.
With 145 square miles of unenclosed land theres plenty of pretty area with walking tracks to head off and enjoy the great outdoors!
There are many designated car parking areas and walking tracks around the New Forest providing for 7 million visitors each year.
The New Forest covers 145 square miles of forest, woodland, villages and farmland - the largest area of unenclosed land in southern Britain and one of the few primeval oak woods in England.
Its a pretty area to drive, cycle, walk and horseride around - especially when the Heather is in bloom with its pretty purple flowers!
we parked at the Picket Post site as there was lots of purple heather around there - and my friend knew her way around that spot - but next time we should follow the maps and guidebooks and go further afield! Such as to recommended walks at Bolderwood to see the 300 year old Knightwood Oak.
There are plenty of marked walking tracks and also you will see the locals out riding their horses or walking their dogs - enjoying their nature in their back yards!!
Beautiful colours can be seen around the great outdoors! - especially when the heather is in bloom. Seen and most well known around Scotland heather grows in the New Forest mainly around the moors area. Along with the purple of heather in bloom are the green ferns and browning bracken and an assortment of wildflower colours.
With mist over the trees in the background it all makes an interesting array of colours and atmosphere.
There are tracks all over for walkers and horse riders. Car parks at various access points around the New Forest.
there are all sorts of people out and about - riders on horses, hikers and the locals out walking the dogs!
OUt enjoying the historical hunting and holiday grounds.