Despite it being a very small country, England has an abundance of nature. Although many development companies want to pave over its green and pleasant lands by building housing, England has much countryside and numerous National Parks which continue to attract thousands of visitors every year. So, here are some of the many forests and National Parks which you can enjoy when travelling around this historic country.
The New Forest, Hampshire
The New Forest has been a popular destination for generations, especially as it is situated nearby many urban areas such as Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Southampton. Found in the New Forest are many villages and numerous old-fashioned pubs. The New Forest has much wildlife and you can enjoy its peaceful surroundings because walkers are largely able to go wherever they want to. Also found wandering around the New Forest are its infamous ponies which can be seen walking around the many country lanes and tree-lined meadows. If you want to stay in the New Forest overnight or for a couple of days, there are hundreds of Bed and Breakfasts which offer an unforgettable experience, especially as their Full English breakfasts provide a taste sensation.
Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire
Infamous for its links to the legend of Robin Hood, the likes of Friar Tuck and Little John are long gone but this 1,045 acre forest still has much majesty to offer. Held every year is the ‘Robin Hood Festival’ which allows visitors the chance to see medieval jousting and rat-catchers in action. But, if you want to explore the nature of Sherwood Forest, there are many trees around this historic location which are hundreds of years old. The Major Oak, which was reportedly the hide-out of Robin Hood and his Merry Men, is around eight hundred to one thousand years old. You can see The Major Oak first hand as it is still accessible although there is a small fence situated around it.
The South Downs National Park
Covering many historic areas, this massive National Park was classified as such in 2011. In its 1,600 square kilometres are many beautiful places, such as Winchester (England’s former capital city). The South Downs National Park has much nature, such as the South Downs Way. Throughout this 160 kilometre trail, ancient woodlands can be enjoyed, as well as a lot of wildlife which is found in abundance throughout the year. As the South Downs Way is situated between Winchester and Eastbourne, this walkway also passes through other heavily populated areas. So, if you want to enjoy a couple of days of fresh air or want to make your weekend extra special, spending time on the South Downs Way or in the South Downs National Park will be an unforgettable experience.
With much to see and do in England’s forests and National Parks, any time which is spent there will be memorable.