Camping and in the New Forest National Park is a magical experience. A working landscape, shaped by hundreds of years of human and agricultural activity, the New Forest National Park is mostly in south-west Hampshire. It lies between Southampton Water in the east and the Avon Valley in the west and stretches from the edge of the Wiltshire Chalk downs in the north to the Solent coast in the South. This diverse topography provides visitors with a variety that will surprise and delight and these New Forest campsites will place you at the heart of this beautiful area.
This area holds many secrets and being free in the fresh air when camping or caravanning is the best way to discover them. A walker’s paradise, a cyclist’s playground, a horse-rider’s heaven and a haven for wild-life enthusiasts: this montage of ancient and ornamental woodland, of open heath and salt marshes is as close to the historic landscape that once cloaked much of Southern England as we can now get. And this alluring environment, steeped in folklore, encourages intimacy. Experience the deer rut in late summer; watch the shifting herds of beautiful New Forest ponies; happen upon the furry cattle which roam the forest, helping to shape the landscape; learn about pannage, when domestic pigs are released into the forest in September to eat the glut of acorns that litter the forest floor.
The area is famous for its ancient and veteran trees, each a unique and essential host to a myriad of wildlife intrinsic to the local eco-system, including rare and endangered species of bat, bird and beetle. The coastline, with its rich variety of environments, and the charming historical villages with their hundreds of listed buildings, is a photographer’s dream. Should you wish, campsites in the New Forest will provide a base for specialist holiday for cyclists, horse-riders, photographers, water-sports enthusiasts (The New Forest water Park offers an array of thrill-seekers delights!) bird-watchers or scuba divers (the submerged environment is as rich as that top-side! See our Scuba diving camping pages for more details.)
However, New Forest camping is ideal for all-round great family camping holidays too, providing quality camp sites and touring grounds in a stunning environment. Use these pages to explore the camping New Forest has to offer, choosing a site that will suit you and your family’s specific needs; use our venue and cycle route searches to find facilities and cycle routes close-by each individual campsite so that you can plan your stay in advance.