Autumn in the New Forest is a beautiful season and offers the perfect getaway for nature and wildlife lovers. The New Forest is the best surviving wild wood in Europe, and with its array of wildlife and changing colours it presents a striking landscape. As the summer season is over the autumn months are the perfect time to explore this incredible area on foot, horseback, bicycle or car.
If you want to do a bit of wildlife spotting you will be spoilt for choice. Rutting season begins in early October and if you are lucky you may be able to capture a fantastic stag shot. Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary features a purpose built viewing platform that overlooks a large meadow area. Here, you can enjoy the regular gatherings of a herd of fallow deer as they frequently gather to be fed by the farmer.
Pannage takes place every autumn in the New Forest. This important tradition sees the local pigs released into the forest to eat up all the fallen acorns, chestnuts and other nuts that can poison the ponies. Pannage is best viewed from a distance, especially if Mrs. Pig is around. You can also take the “Walk with a Commoner” tour, learn all about the commoning rights and the way the grazing animals maintain the ancient landscape of the New Forest and round it off with a delicious pub lunch.
Foraging has been a way of life in the area for centuries. You will find a whole host of fungi species but if you are new to fungi foraging you may want to join a guided mushroom foray. You can book a tour of the area with expert John Wright, widely known for his many TV appearances and guides and handbooks.
After a long day exploring the sensational beauty of this ancient location you will be ready to relax in luxurious and comfortable surroundings. If you need a wonderful bed and breakfast in Hampshire where you can easily explore the New Forest, Harvest House is the choice for you. We are situated in secluded grounds that give your autumn break the most beautiful backdrop. With the exquisite golden shades of autumn, the charm of local wildlife and our delicious breakfast menu we are the ideal location for the perfect autumnal respite.