Here you will find general articles about the New Forest, specific details of various places of interest, and suggestions for short strolls in some of the most attractive areas.
The New Forest proper (the red, green and yellow areas on the map) covers some 34,600 hectares (93,000 acres or 143 square miles) of south-west Hampshire. Of this, just over 19,000 hectares (45,500 acres) is unenclosed common grazing, the largest unenclosed area in lowland southern England.
In June 2004, the Government announced that the New Forest would become England's first new National Park for 15 years and this came into effect from March 2005.
The additional areas involved consists mainly of farmland and private forestry plantations, with very little unenclosed land.
To make things easy to find I have split the forest up into the following sections and included any places of interest in or near the National Park where appropriate: