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The Best Picnic Spots in the New Forest

Spring is making an appearance at our New Forest hotel and what better way to enjoy the beautiful seasonal landscapes of the local area than to pack up a basket of tasty treats and head out for a picnic?

With a combination of idyllic glades, ancient woodland, open moors and heathland, there is no place quite like the New Forest. With so many picturesque landscapes to choose from, picking out the best alfresco dining spots is a tall order. The wonderful team at our New Forest restaurant know the surrounding area like the back of their hands, so we have brought you our pick of the best picnic spots in the New Forest…


Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary has an incredible viewing platform where a herd of fallow deer can often be spotted in the summer months. Bolderwood also has a large designated picnic area amongst the trees, with some of the picnic tables even allowing for disposable BBQs. There is also a large grassy area perfect for games like rounders, cricket and football.

Knightwood Oak

Knightwood Oak is the largest, oldest and most famous oak tree in the whole of the New Forest. The area is well enclosed, ideal for enjoying a gorgeous picnic amongst some of the oldest trees in the New Forest.

Whitefield Moor

Whitefield Moor is the perfect place to sit and enjoy your picnic whilst spotting the numerous ponies and highland cattle that graze nearby. There are plenty of picnic benches as well as toilet facilities and free parking onsite.

Lepe Country Park

The Lepe Country Park is where the New Forest meets the Solent, with stunning views across the Solent waters and across to the Isle of Wight, it’s the perfect spot to relax and enjoy your basket of treats. With ships sailing to Southampton, over a mile of beaches, pine fringed cliffs and wild flower meadows, there’s always something to catch your eye.

Wilverley Enclosure

The Wilverley Enclosure is a great spot to unpack your picnic and to take some great photos of the grazing ponies.  Due to the area being ploughed and sown with crops during WWII, the grassy fields have now become a popular area for grazing ponies as well as for having summer picnics and playing games. There is a fantastic marked walk through the woodland nearby that is suitable for wheelchair and pushchair users. There are also toilet facilities along with picnic tables and BBQs to hire.

Venturing outdoors with a picnic is a great summertime tradition and tastes even better when someone’s made it for you! If you don’t feel like making your own, head to our New Forest restaurant, The Bell Inn. Let us take the hard work out of picnic preparation and create the perfect picnic for you to take away for the day. And if the weather turns, why not visit one of the cosiest place to eat in the New Forest to sit down for some seasonal, locally sourced food.

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