With coast to the south, New Forest to the north, Lymington Harbour to the south and the delights of Mudeford and Christchurch to the south west the Parks’ location is a draw. New Milton has a mainline station, making it suitable for the day out in London with a journey time of less than two hours to Waterloo. Bournemouth is about 16 minutes by train and Southampton between 20-30 minutes.
There are many leisure and pleasures near Hordle, New Forest National Park, Palace House Beaulieu, Bucklers Hard Village and the New Forest Wildlife Park to name a few. As for culture, the New Forest Arts Centre is a former drill hall converted into a leading arts venue with a gutsy programme of comedy, exhibitions, music and workshops.
Beautiful Solent coastline
South Hampshire borders on the Solent coastline, a 20 mile long stretch of water begins in Barton on Sea then onto New Forest, Southampton, Gosport and Portsmouth offers unrivalled opportunities for recreation, exploring and fun. Barton-on-Sea boasts superb coastal walks.
In Southampton, Gosport and Portsmouth you’ll find a wealth of literary, artistic and historical attractions and along the coastline there are nature reserves, country parks and activity centres.
The Solent is famous for hosting the interational sailing event Cowes Week. King Henry VIII Navy Warship the Mary Rose sunk in the Solent, in 1982 a feat or dedication and technology raised the ship off the seabed and is now displayed in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
Hampshire has so much to offer as a place to retire, relax and explore.
The county of Hampshire offers the perfect blend of city, coast and countryside, and is home to two beautiful National Parks, three cities rich in culture and a stunning coastline with an abundance of beautiful beaches and nature reserves. Whichever you prefer, you’ll be sure to discover your perfect retirement location here in Hampshire.
From the great ports on the Solent in the south to the distinguished history of Winchester and the splendour of its National Parks and country idylls, Hampshire is nothing if not diverse.
New Forest National Park and its special qualities
Woodlands Park is only a 10-minute drive north to the famous New Forest National Park.
Best known for its heathland, forest trails and native ponies, New Forest National Park covers parts of Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire.
The New Forest became a national park in 2005 and was once a royal hunting ground for William the Conqueror. It covers an area of 566 square kilometres and is made up of vast tracts of unspoilt woodland, heathland and river valleys. Today deer, ponies and cattle continue to roam free in its ancient heaths and woodland. Clear rivers and shady groves provide tranquillity and a car-free haven for walking, cycling and horse riding.
New Forest National Park is pretty much a paradise for nature lovers.