Explore The New Forest National Park
The Rufus House is situated in the heart of the New Forest National Park, ideal TOURING BASE to explore the New Forest and surrounding areas of natural beauty.
Walking, cycling, bird watching, horse riding, sailing, golf, archery, kayaking & canoeing. Equestrian centres, spa and swimming pools are all short distance from The Rufus House.
Walking in The New Forest
Think ancient woodland, beautiful heathland, pretty villages and a 40-mile ‘secret’ coast, anyone with a keen passion for walking will love the variety on offer here.
We have more than 140 miles of tracks and footpath, where you can enjoy easy-to-follow walking routes, short strolls or long-distance trails.
One of the things that makes The New Forest so unique is to see thousands of free-roaming ponies, donkeys, cattle and deer on your travels around the national park ….. Source: Go new forest website
Lyndhurst Circular Walk
The Lyndhurst Parish Circular Walk roughly follows the parish boundary, using the forest as our natural tour guide. It can be done in one go (13.5km, 3 – 4 hours) or you can choose from many shorter loops,
returning along pavements at the points indicated with blue arrows on the map. Source: Lyndhurst Parish Council Leaflet
You can download Lyndhurst Parish Council’s Map.
Cycling in The New Forest
There are safe off-road and gentle cycle routes suitable for families.
Bring your own bike and store it our lockable bike shed located at the rear of the property, or hire a bike from The Woods Cyclery or AA Bike Hire, just a few minutes walk from The Rufus House
- The Woods Cyclery, 56 High Street, Lyndhurst, SO43 7BG
- AA Bike Hire, Fernglen, Gosport Lane, Lyndhurst, SO43 7B
Horse Riding in The New Forest
Horses and ponies are the cultural heritage of the New Forest. Horse back is the best way to enjoy the beauty of the New Forest. However, please bear in mind that a horse’s natural reaction to something that it doesn’t understand is to spook or shy. Usually startled jump sideways, or a quick change of direction with the intention to flee. So please ride carefully.
You can find contact details from new forest national park official website to arrange a riding lesson or Forest ride.
LOCAL ATTRACTIONS in The New Forest
The New Forest is the perfect place for enjoying outdoor activities with its diverse landscapes, you can enjoy many type of exercise, such as bird watching, sailing, golf, fishing and other water sports.
HISTORY, heritage and cultural attractions in The New Forest
The New Forest is full of history, from where it was first proclaimed a royal forest, in about 1079, by William the Conqueror ‘Nova Foresta’…
GARDENS & STATE HOUSES and nature
You would like to avoid rainy days? Do not worry, there are perfect places to explore, such as Buckler’s Hard and Beaulieu Motor museum and Palace House.
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〉〉Enjoy your short break in The New Forest 〈〈