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Our Top 5 Picnic Spots in The New Forest - for 2023

With such a vast array of stunningly beautiful picnic spots on our doorstep both across the New Forest and by the sea - here are our top 5 for 2023.

We met up with the Visit The New Forest team at Rhinefield - check out their interview of our founder, Flora here:

1) Rhinefield (Brockenhurst)


- Easily accessible by car, foot, bike or pony.

- Loos, picnic benches, ice cream truck.

- Oldest trees in the New Forest and a gorgeous river with rope swings.

2) Newtown Creek (Isle of Wight by boat)


- Stunningly beautiful National Trust inlet - totally sheltered.

- Great for seal spotting.

- Magical spot to take a boat charter to.

3) Hurst Castle (Milford On Sea walk, paddle board or hop on the small ferry)


- Heaps of history, great museum with a castle which was built by Henry VIII.

- Watch the round the island race.

- Paddle board, walk or take a little ferry to from Keyhaven.

4) Bucklers Hard (Beaulieu - carpark, walk from Beaulieu or go by boat)


- Part of the 9000 Beaulieu estate.

- Maritime museum.

- Stunning lawns overlooking the river for a picnic.

- Also has a pub (The Master Builders) for cold beers.

5) Mill Lawn (Burley)

- Beautiful flat open heathland with a little stream meandering through for miles.

- Spot ponies and cows galore here (just keep your distance and never feed them!)

- Very quiet and easily accessible from a small car park.

So there you have it - out top spots, why we love them and some piccies. If you need a picnic - you know where to find us!

Flora | Founder at The Forest Foodie, Lymington

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