The New Forest comes to life between the 17th of April and the 30th of October this year with a wide array of forest walks and activities. The calendar is already packed with activities to suit all kinds of interests. If you are planning a long trip or a short break, you can find plenty of great things to see and do here.
There are many opportunities to experience the natural wonders of spring in the New Forest. By taking a guided walk, you can learn fascinating information such as how to identify different species of trees, tracking and spotting wildlife, and the entomology of the forest. You could even take a trip to the coast and look for edible plants and seaweed that can be found on coastlines.
In summer you’ll find the New forest teeming with life including plants, fungi and mosses. Many of these are edible or useful for their medicinal properties whereas others are poisonous. A guided tour during this season can teach you how to spot which you should be collecting and those that need to be avoided.
Summer evenings are extra special, especially when the weather is warm. At these times you can enjoy walks where you will have the chance to see secretive wildlife that is more active later in the day and at night. There can be opportunities to spot deer, bats and many other species.
In autumn the forest changes dramatically, bringing a much wider array of colours. This is the perfect time of the year for mushroom foraging. A walking tour will give you the chance to learn all about the different types of edible mushrooms you can find and how important fungi is to the whole ecosystem in the forest.
If you’re interested in taking one of the many exciting guided walks in the New Forest, you will need a place to stay during your visit. At Harvest House we welcome visitors looking to enjoy the forest and the great natural wonders it has to offer. Our comfortable bed and breakfast could top off your experience and make it truly memorable. We can even offer advice for walkers looking for trails, so contact us today for further information or to make a booking.