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winchester Hampshire :In the county of Hampshire lies The New Forest. It is so called because it was man-made. It was William I who created it over 900 years ago as his Royal Hunting Ground. In 2005 The New Forest National Park was created with the aims to conserve and enhance its natural beauty and wildlife. Although it is called a forest less than half of it is made up of woodland. Within the 145 square miles that make up the Park there are heathland, ancient villages with beautiful thatched cottages, small market towns, bogland, sparkling streams, rivers and estuaries and beaches as well as beautiful woodland, Herds of cattle, pigs, deer, donkeys and very tame 'wild ponies' roam through it.

Most of these animals are privately owned but use the Forest to graze under an ancient system of Commoners grazing rights. The Park provides many activities for the visitor. Museums, castles, ancient churches, Manor houses, animal centres, gardens, swimming pools, cycling, pony trekking and horse riding, theme parks and more. However, in such a large area, it maintains tranquility and natural beauty. Accommodation can be found all over the Park. From 5 star hotels, small guest houses, bed and breakfast accommodation and camping facilities.


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For luxury go to the newly opened 5 star Parkhill Hotel which is right in the centre of this giant woodland and set in beautiful landscaped gardens. This hotel offers pools and a health spa. If you wish to stay in one of the charming little villages within the Park try the Cottage Lodge in Brockenhurst. This is a family-owned 350-year-old forester's cottage, cosy and snug offering bed and breakfast accommodation. It only has six bedrooms so book ahead in high season.

The village of Brockenhurst lies within the Heritage Area of the New Forest and is a beautiful little village with a stream flowing across the road during the summertime. At Lyndhurst, the capital of The New Forest, there is the elegant and traditional The Crown Hotel. Staying here gives you a wonderful base for exploring the whole area and also places further afield, like Winchester and Salisbury.
 

 

winchester castleThe County town of Hampshire is Winchester. It was the capital of Saxon England, the ancient capital of Wessex. When the kings of Wessex became kings of all England, Winchester was a rival with London to be the capital of the country. It was here that King Alfred the Great had his seat and many kings, queens and saints are buried in Winchester. Things to see include the ruins of Winchester Castle built in 13th century by Henry III. Only the Great Hall remains but it is a beautiful, ancient building and contains what is reputed to be King Arthur's Round Table. The 11th century Winchester Cathedral contains an amazing mixture of architectural styles that blend together very happily. It is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe and has the longest nave. The famous 19th century novelist, Jane Austen, is buried in the nave. Visit too the City Museum and nearby Wolvesey Castle.

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