Take a trip to Brockenhurst and you’ll be spending time with the friendly neighbourhood ponies and donkeys, which roam one of the largest villages in the New Forest.

Look out for a medieval church, cottages dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries, and a good number of Edwardian and Victorian villas. There are 20 listed buildings or other structures within the conservation area to satisfy anyone interested in local culture and heritage.

Heathland and woodland are within easy reach of the village centre, and there are maps readily available detailing the walks and cycle routes available, that feature Brockenhurst and the surrounding area.  You may pass the famous watersplash, a well-known watering hole for the local animals, which is a Ford located at the end of the main shopping street in the village.

St Nicholas Church and Churchyard, the oldest of its kind in the National Park, and one of a small number of churches mentioned in the Doomsday Book is also worth a visit.  Find out about the church, and its links with World War 1 and troops from New Zealand, and see the grave of an infamous New Forest snake catcher.

Elsewhere, there are pubs and restaurants, a cinema in the village hall, with familiar names and independent businesses welcoming visitors to their shops. It’s also well worth timing your visit to coincide with one of the popular annual community events, such as the 3 day New Forest Show. Held in July, this show represents the best of countryside pursuits, crafts, show jumping, and local produce.

All this and further delights from the wider National Park area are easily accessible, as there are good road links to Brockenhurst via the M27, and the village also has a railway station, with mainline connections to Weymouth and London Waterloo, and other routes available to Lymington, Poole and Bournemouth. Getting to Brockenhurst is easy, so all that’s left to do is decide on a date, book one of the hotels or guesthouses in the village, and get exploring!