During the summer months the New Forest NPA (National Park Authority) organises a bus tour consisting of three different routes. The New Forest in Hampshire stretches 219 square miles of stunning landscapes, charming villages and beautiful wildlife. Careys Manor Hotel is situated in the village of Brockenhurst (on both the blue and green bus routes) which is surrounded by open health lands with plenty of cycle and walking routes to explore.
Last week our Marketing Coordinator Lucy hopped on the buses to experience all three routes and learn more about what the New Forest has to offer:
“At Careys Manor Hotel our staff are on hand to ensure our guests experience the best of the best. We’re here to answer any questions regarding things to do in the area and our Concierge team will always have recommendations and information about events going on.
I’ve lived in the area for 18 years and take full advantage of being just a 10 minute drive from both the sea and the New Forest. When friends and family visit they often comment on this and their love for the forest’s character, history and ponies and I am very proud to have this on my doorstep.
First stop was Lyndhurst to ride along the Red Route:
Lyndhurst – Popular for the Ferrari and Maserati garage at the bottom of the high street and is also home to the New Forest Centre where you’ll find a museum, gift shop and information centre.
Burley – With a historical background in smugglers and more recently witches, you’ll find some quirky little witchcraft shops, great pubs and not forgetting the fudge! There are some great walking trails around which can be found in the tour guide.
From Burley I jumped onto the Blue Route to head to the seaside:
Barton-on-Sea – Has wonderful views of the Isle of Wight and Christchurch Bay as well as delicious ice creams!
Milford-on-Sea – This area has spectacular views of the Isle of Wight and is home to some lovely restaurants in the village centre. There’s a great walking trail from Milford to Hurst Castle which takes you right along the coast.
Lymington – One of my favourite towns in the New Forest, Lymington high street is great for shopping. If you follow the cobbled street at the bottom of the high street you’ll arrive at the quay where there’s always something going on.
After a short while in Lymington I hopped on the final bus to see some of the Green Route:
Beaulieu – Home to our sister hotel The Montagu Arms, Beaulieu is a historical village nestled in the heart of the New Forest. You can take a walk through the Palace Gardens and spend a day out at the famous Beaulieu Motor Museum before enjoying a stroll along the riverside and into the Terrace Restaurant for a Michelin Star experience.
Exbury Gardens – Home to an extraordinary collection of plants and trees from all over the world as well as a steam railway.
Dibden Purlieu and Hythe – You can hop on the world’s oldest pier train to take in views of Southampton and take a look around the town centre.
Even though I only experienced a taste of what this service has to offer, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. What I loved about the tour was its convenience. If you see a location you want to explore you can simply get off and pick up where you left off when the next bus arrives. The prices are reasonable and for an extra £14 you can use the service for 5 days. The tickets also include space for 4 bikes on the bus and throughout the towns, attractions and villages in the forest there are discounts available to all tour bus ticket holders.”
The New Forest Tour runs from 28th June to 14th September and tickets can be purchased on the bus, online, at the Travel Concierge at Brockenhurst rail station or Lyndhurst and Salisbury Information Centres.
Careys Manor Hotel is situated on both the green and blue routes and in fact, there is a stop just outside the hotel. To plan your stay in the New Forest at our Hampshire hotel, take a look at our luxury short breaks and offers or call 01590 624467.