Get Close to Nature With a Camping Holiday in the Beautiful New Forest

The New Forest is absolutely brimming with an abundance of natural beauty— from its wetlands to woodlands, heaths to valleys. With plentiful wildlife and awe-inspiring landscapes, it’s no wonder why the New Forest has become a top destination for bird-watchers, hikers, and nature enthusiasts of all sorts. There is truly no better way to get closer to nature than with a camping or caravan holiday in the New Forest.

Campsite options in the New Forest are as diverse as the landscape itself—whether you like to rough it in a tent or prefer the comforts of home to be close at hand, experienced and inexperienced campers alike can enjoy the unspoilt beauty of the New Forest from Southampton to Bournemouth to the Isle of Wight. Park Resorts, for instance, offers excellent options for Isle of Wight Caravan Holidays for those who want to hop on the ferry and enjoy all the island has to offer. The Isle of Wight is a great choice for all those who love to be beside the seaside. If you venture inland on your Isle of Wight caravan holiday, you may even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a British red squirrel.


New Forest Activities

The New Forest is one of England's premier tourist destinations because not only is it an area of outstanding natural beauty and a National Park, but there is a mass of activities for all ages and tastes.

The beauty and wildlife attracts nature lovers. As well as the forested area, there's the coast to enjoy, and river banks to stroll along. Birdwatchers can spot warblers, larks, lapwings, curlews, buzzard and hawks. Wildlife lovers can try and spot the New Forest ponies, and if lucky, the shy deer. Along with the animals in the forest, there are the New Forest Reptile Centre and New Forest Wildlife Park.

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Elsewhere on the mainland, you can wake up to the sound of a woodlark, and follow the path of the famous wild New Forest ponies. The oak forest of Holland Wood offers an ideal home-base for a family camping excursion, with all the necessary facilities from toilets to showers, and only a short walk to the nearest village. If you'd prefer a room (or tent) with a view, you can take in spectacular views of the picturesque countryside from the heathland campsite at Ocknell and hike through the ancient beechwood forest of nearby Longbeech. If you get tired of rambling on foot, there's no better way to see the New Forest than by horseback.  

Whether you're off for an extended Isle of Wight caravan holiday or just a simple kip in a campsite under the stars in an ancient woodland, a camping trip to the New Forest offers stunning photo opportunities and a wide variety of outdoor activities for every nature lover.