The New Forest

Hampshire England

Covering a large swathe of south-west Hampshire, the New Forest – despite its name – is almost a thousand years old. Requisitioned as a hunting ground by William the Conqueror, its 220 square miles of thick woodland and pony-speckled heath provide a glorious backdrop for the perfect UK break of short walks and long lunches. If you like the outdoors then you'll have little to complain about amid some of the most ancient and beautiful natural scenery of Southern England. Animals have right of way here so keep an eye out not only for the famous wild horses but also the vast birdlife, red squirrels and deer flitting through the trees.