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New Forest Camping

New Forest Camping - Camping Holidays and Breaks In The New Forest National Park

New Forest camping has been a favourite pastime for generations as people travel from far and near to experience the natural beauty of the New Forest National park.

Historically it used to be acceptable to camp wild in the park so you could literally start at one end and hike to the other, pitching your tent somewhere along the route. But as with most things in life the simple pleasures become mist along the way and now New Forest wild camping is no longer legal, but in all fairness for some very valid reasons.

The bug for camping and caravanning has not diminished however, if anything there are more individuals and families choosing this method of holidaying or having a break than ever before as we become more environmentally conscious and choose not to travel abroad on our annual holiday.


The forest has become increasingly popular with families with young children as they can play until their hearts are content and enjoy seeing all the animals that roam freely around the park. It must seem to them like a large zoo at times.

Family holidays however tend to demand the needs of more onsite facilities and parents even if self catering don't want to make life harder than it should be, after all once the kids are tucked safely away from their days adventures they need to relax as well.

The Forestry Commission have a number of camping sites around the national park (details on our New Forest campsites page), not only just for camping but also for mobile caravans and motor homes as well.

Some of the more family oriented sites have a range of facilities to help make your camping trip go smoother from showers and wash facilities to on-site laundry facilities, but if you really want to get back to nature then you can also stay at one of the more basic camp sites if you really feel like roughing it. A few of them have no facilities whatsoever.

If you can't find a campsite that is suitable or they are all fully booked for the dates you require, you could also have a look at our Dorset camping page. Although not within the parks boundaries with Dorset being literally down the road the Dorset campsites also make an ideal base for a holiday on the south coast so you could visit the forest one day and beach the other.

That will really put a smile on the kid’s faces (and yours as well if you like relaxing on some of the UK's best beaches).

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