Driving safely in the New Forest

If you are planning a stay at our bed and breakfast, you will be within easy reach of the New Forest. This is a truly beautiful place to visit at any time of the year, offering an array of fantastic attractions to suit various interests. It is one of the most widely visited National Parks in the UK and welcomes millions of tourists each year, generating approximately £400 million in revenue. The huge number of visitors means great steps need to be taken to aid the preservation of the Park and protect it for future generations.

One of the things that sets the New Forest apart from all the other National Parks is the fact that it is home to huge herds of grazing animals. The most famous is the New Forest pony, a breed that is indigenous to the area. There are over 3,000 ponies in the Park and they are all allowed to roam freely. You will also find cattle, pigs and deer too, owned by the people who farm the land.

Visitors to the New Forest are asked to respect the wildlife and be careful of them when driving, cycling or walking in the area. The major roads through the Park are generally fenced off, but animals can wander across and along minor roads freely, so it is important to be aware that animals may cross your path.

Drivers in the New Forest need to ensure they observe speed limits at all times for their safety and that of the wildlife. The majority of the roads have a 40mph limit that should be observed at all times. In most cases people are encouraged to drive more slowly than this so they have more time to react to the conditions. This is important in winter when the roads can be icy and slippery.

Drivers need to take extra care after dark. Many of the roads in the New Forest will be unlit and drivers will have to rely on their headlights. The wildlife will still be active at these times and it can be hard to see them in the darkness, so make sure to stay alert and drive carefully.