If you are looking for one of those ancient picture book villages with little bubbling streams and lush green forests then Brockenhurst is the place for you.
It also has other worldly charms to it with ponies walking on the roads and fables of a snake charmer who caught the snakes in the area and was unaffected by their bite.
This old Brockenhurst snake charmer was also known as “Brusher Mills” as he made his living from cleaning the cricket pitch of the village before a match. However, he was better known for catching the adder- the most poisonous snake in Britain and for claiming a unique cure for rheumatism.
He was quiet popular with tourists as he used to “rescue” them from the snakes that appeared from nowhere and took them by surprise.
The name of Brockenhurst may have meant badger wood but people believe that the real meaning of the name is “broken wooded hill” because it is separated into areas by thee valleys and the streams of the New Forest.
The New Forest has been a favourite hunting ground for many royals as old as the Norman times and Brockenhurst has had many royal visitors in bygone years, indeed Brockenhurst is as old as the Doomsday book. .
There are a lot of roads in the New Forest, which pass through a ford and Brockenhursts water splash at the western end of the Brookley Road is one of the most famous fords of the area so if you are drivng through the area after a period of rain do be careful. If you are a cycling enthusiast then you can look for the New Forest Cycling Experience. It is a great idea to park you car in one of the two car parks of the village and hike or bike through the village. You can also have a look at the “wheel plate” which is a big disc of cast iron used by the forge to fix metal rims into the wagon wheels.
Another great attraction in Brockenhurst village is the St. Nicholas’s Church situated at the south of the village. The church is one of the oldest and boasts of an intricate Norman doorway. You can walk around the churchyard that is dotted with many old headstones. There is a beautiful war cemetery for the New Zealand soldiers who died in a field hospital amidst World War I.
The area is very popular with the tourists and whilst you are here, It’s a good idea to visit the Roydon Woods Nature Reserve, which borders the village and can be reached by the Brockenhurst - Lymington road (A337). The forest area is rich in flora and fauna with dry and wet heath land but there are chances of getting lost in the forest; hence it is advisable to keep to the marked paths. If you are looking for adventure, then the ancient village of Brockenhurst is just the place for you. The New Forest National Park is also a great place to explore the abundant variety of birds and animals. Visit Brockenhurst and find your self transported into a place full of an old-worldly charm and quiet. However tread carefully; you might just encounter a fairy or an elf!
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