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Blog: Autumn in The New Forest

Updated: Nov 26, 2022


.. here at holiday let in the New Forest National Park is glowing with COLOUR! Get outside and enjoy the spectacular colours of nature across the wonderful landscapes, heathlands and woodlands – so stunning!

.. you may well come across pigs that are roaming the forest floor. These pigs are taking part in the annual pannage, a tradition that goes back hundreds of years. Unlike other animals, acorns are not poisonous to pigs. Pannage usually starts from mid-September and depending on the weather conditions can last into November or December. Below are a few too many photos of pigs near us!

Take a Hike .. I meant a walk!

Explore the autumn colours of the New Forest on foot. Crunch your way amongst the fallen leaves as you take one of our walking routes through our woodlands. There are ample walks to choose from, we can help.

Funky fungi? There’s 2,700 different species here in the New Forest. Look out for foraging workshops that take place where you can learn about which mushrooms are safe to pick and eat.Head to the Forest’s 40 miles of coastline for a stroll among seabirds and salt marshes. Walk along the shore, watch the waves and take in some invigorating sea air with great views.

Foodie yum the Autumn

Lookout for seasonal dishes on the menu at some of the top restaurants and country pubs or learn how to rustle up an autumnal feast at a cookery school workshop at Chewton Glenn.

Local to us @forest_palms in North Gorley is the awesome food at the Royal Oak a 15 minute walk. We LOVE La Lambretta pizzeria / Italian restaurant in Fordingbridge 2 miles away. And an 8 minute gets you to The Foresters Arms in Frogham. We have the Potting Shed in Hyde, a 3 minute walk for brekky and lunch. And for a larger choice of restaurants the market town of Ringwood is 5 miles down the road.

Cycle the New Forest National Park

Autumn is a quieter time of year with less traffic and therefore quieter roads. It makes an ideal time for cycling. Either bring your own bike or hire one. There’s more than 140 miles of off-road tracks and low speed-limit roads. We have some spectacular view near us @forest_palms.

Taking place for a fortnight over the autumn, the annual New Forest Walking Festival is a popular event on the New Forest’s calendar. Organised by the New Forest National Park Association, there are over 70 different walks that you can join in with. Come along and see different parts of the New Forest that you may not have discovered before.

Head out on a guided walk where they can help you find some of the top places for autumn colours in the New Forest. Let them show you some of the best walking trails on offer here and learn from their years of experience about the New Forest flora and fauna.

Spectacular Gardens

Exbury gardens s famed for its rhododendrons and azaleas that bloom with vibrant colours in the spring months however it is equally as beautiful in the autumn. Take a wander through the small pathways that wind their way amongst the 200 acres of garden, there are some rare trees and shrubs here that offer an autumnal delight. Equally, take the twenty minute trip on the miniature steam railway that whisks you through a section of the gardens.

The small but intimate Furzey Gardens at Minstead is another fine garden to visit in the autumn. Autumn is a blaze of colourful displays and recent planting of tree stock has paid particular attention to trees that offer fantastic autumn colour including acer and sorbus.

Things to do in autumn in the New Forest

  1. book direct with us at

  2. do as little as possible

  3. cycle the forest

  4. walk the forest or coast

  5. horse ride

  6. archery

  7. go ape

  8. a guided foraging nature walk

  9. looking out for the pannage pigs.

  10. feast for foodies

  11. take an autumn amble along the Coast

  12. exbury gardens.

  13. attractions.

  14. shop ’til you drop


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