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Lyndhurst: A town in the wonderland. Remember the book “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carol? It was a book about a little girl Alice who had wandered into a quaint land where rabbits and beaver talked. In case you are looking for such a magical place, then Lyndhurst in Hampshire is your village.

Lyndhurst is also known as the capital of the New Forest. The New forest is a vast area of well-preserved countryside and one of the few remaining forests dating back to medieval era in Europe. The new forest has survived commercialisation and industrialisation of the millennium and to date remains unspoilt.

It has a beautiful landscape full of imposing woods, valleys and heath land full of gorse. Historically, William the Conqueror declared the National Forest as a royal hunting ground in 1079.

Now the forest houses ancient English villages, picturesque Norman churches and storybook cottages. In fact the New Forest is a perfect place to spend an idyllic vacation far away from the maddening crowd. You can sample the old English delicacies at the many old pubs and spend time gazing at the beautiful sceneries.

Lyndhurst is also famous for the New Forest Museum. The New Forest museum has a seventeen-minute audio-visual show which gives an insight into the history of the forest and its many attractions. The audiovisual also shows you the many faces of the forest and the places to visit.

Another place to visit while in Lyndhurst is the village church of St Michael and All Angels. This church is relatively a modern building that was constructed in the 1860s. The eastern window boosts of a beautiful stained glass window that was designed by Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris.

A stones throw away from the church is the Queen’s house that is in fact known as the King’s House when the king is on the throne. Earlier, this house was the residence of the Lord Warden of the Forest, however now it has offices of the Forestry Commission.

Cricket is quite popular in Lyndhurst and it boasts of two good cricket pitches. The Boltons Bench Cricket pitch which has a thatched gazebo and is overlooked by a hillock called Bolton’s Bench, which has a distinctive yew with seats beneath.

The second pitch is called Swan Green and its name is derived from the Swan Inn that overlooks it. These greens are one of the most beautiful scenic spots in Hampshire.

Lyndhurst is a beautiful village to visit in all seasons and it can catapult you back into Enid Blyton’s world of pixies and fairies. The New Forest has been there for about a thousand years. So there is a chance that you might encounter some old wizened folks as you idyllically stroll in the area.

You can also go walking, cycling and bird watching in the area and what’s more is that you get tons of fresh oxygen all free!

The area is quiet accessible by road and train. So make sure you visit Lyndhurst during your holiday and just forget your worries!

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