New Forest Camping 2009

The New Forest is one of Europe's most important locations for nature and conservation. Its unique mix of landscapes including ancient woodlands, wetlands and bogs, and open heathlands means it is home to many rare species of plants and wildlife long since lost from the UK and Europe. The New Forest pony is one of the recognised mountain and moorland or native pony breeds of the British Isles. Height varies from around 12 to 14.2 hands; ponies of all heights should be strong, workmanlike, and of a good riding type. They are valued for hardiness, strength, and sure-footedness. Hurst Castle is an artillery fort established by Henry VIII on the Hurst Spit in Hampshire, England, between 1541 and 1544. It formed part of the king's Device Forts coastal protection programme against invasion from France and the Holy Roman Empire, and defended the western entrance to the Solent waterway.

🙂 Ponies and pigs in the camp

🙁 Nearly being arrested for having a horsebox!

We booked a cheeky weekend camping in the New Forest . Holland’s Wood is a great campsite with lots of tress and spacious camp sites. They allow dogs and firepits. The only word of caution is not to arrive at midnight towing an empty horsebox! We got pulled over by the police who thought we were stealing New Forest Ponies!! Once we had emptied it of camping contents we had to take it to them and they locked it up until we left!

We had plenty of visitors to our camp!

We took Nick’s boat and launched it at the nearby jetty and had a thoroughly enjoyable morning on the water. The dogs were very quiet as they were completely carsick!!

We took the boat to Henry the VIII’s tudor Hurst Castle which was very interesting to visit.

We headed back and cooked up a storm of splayed lamb on the braai – delisious!

The next morning we were ready for another day’s sailing! A couple of funny things happened. Nick had dropped us on the beach and we were standing next to a group of fisherman – when Nick got back he sailed his boat right onto the fishing lines and snapped them – it was rather amusing to watch!!

Then we all hopped on the boat so that we could head back to the jetty – except that we hadn’t realised that we were in fact in the middle of a speedboat race! Hilarious!! Never a dull moment with our Nick! Fortunately we survived and lived to see the magnificent sunset!

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