EXPLORE The New Forest National Park attractions

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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

40+ Great Walking Routes in the New Forest
Most Forestry England Car Parks in the New Forest have now re-opened. However, please note that there are stillsome that remainclosed. See more information on o...

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.

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Cycling in The New Forest

There are safe off-road and gentle cycle routes suitable for families.

Family Routes
The New Forest is the ideal cycling destination for families wanting safe off-road and gentle cycle routes. We have over 100 miles of care free waymarked routes...

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.

Horse Riding in the New Forest | Best Stables and Routes - The New Forest
Find the best horse riding schools and stables, learn how to ride ponies or horses and roam the New Forest's beautiful and varying landscapes.

You can find contact details from new forest national park official website to arrange a riding lesson or Forest ride.

Horse riding - New Forest National Park Authority
Horses and ponies are central to the cultural heritage of the New Forest. There is no better way to enjoy this special place and really to be part of it. Please...



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.

New Forest Activities | Family Activities - The New Forest
From adventure and outdoor activities, through to horse riding or pony trekking, there are so many things for lovers of the outdoors to do here in The New Fores...

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’…

Explore New Forest History & Heritage
The rich cultural heritage and history is one of the many reasons why visitors are so attracted to visiting The New Forest. The New Forest is full of history, t...


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.

New Forest Attractions | Hampshire Attractions
The majority ofactivity providers and visitor attractions in the New Foresthave now re-opened, however some do still remain closed.Please ensure that you check…
Parks & Gardens
With nature very much at the heart of The New Forest, it’s no wonder there are some stunning parks and gardens waiting to be explored. Gardens for all sea...

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