A Winter Camping Road Trip Idea: The New Forest

Known for its idyllic woodland, open moorland, healthland, cliff-top trails and wild horses, the New Forest can be a spectacular destination at any time of the year. Winter can be a wonderful time to explore this region at a time when the crowds have dissipated – the ideal time to discover what exactly this part of England has to offer for a tranquil camping retreat. Just 90 minutes away from bustling London, the New Forest is a great camping road trip destination for caravanning, motorhome or campervan adventures, or even tent camping trips in the winter months.

Discover more about what makes the New Forest such a special destination for a camping trip at any time of the year at the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst. There are plenty of hiking, horse-riding or cycling trails to enjoy around the National Park, and famous family attractions such as Peppa Pig World at Paulton's Park, and the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. Kids will also love the theme park of Adventure Wonderland, and animal attractions such as the New Forest Reptile Centre, Longdown Activity Farm and the New Forest Wildlife Park.

History lovers should be sure to visit the maritime museum at the 18th century shipbuilding village of Buckler's Hard, and to explore the rich history of Hurst Castle, at the end of Hurst Spit, with its stunning views across to the Isle of Wight. Another historic attraction in this area is Breamore House and Countryside Museum, near Fordingbridge.

While the natural attractions of the New Forest are, of course, its major draws, walks and other outdoors adventures here can be interspersed with visits to some of the area's charming towns and villages. In the run up to Christmas, a camping road trip here could also allow you to explore the shops of the New Forest settlements and do a little Christmas shopping. Visit the Christmas markets in Exbury Gardens, at Rhinefield House, or in Hythe, Lymington, New Milton or Ringwood to pick up some festive treats for family or friends.

There are a number of campsites in the New Forest that are open all year round. For example, you could get back to nature at the Setthorns Campsite, in New Milton. You could stay close to Salisbury at family-run Green Hill Farm, enjoy a fun-filled break at the Avon Tyrrell Youth Outdoor Activity Centre at Bransgore, Christchurch, or visit Glen Orchard, on the edge of the National Park.