Ringwood is a definite must in your UK travel plan itinerary. Do not let the chance to experience this beautiful part of England pass you by as many of your cherished memories will come from your trip to the unparalleled south coast.
Hampshire and Dorset doing a tremendous job on facing the problems of global warming and doing their share in making the world greener place and the local New Forest national park is dedicated to saving the local habitat all of its endangered creatures and Ringwood does its share too..
Even the toads are protected here. As they wake from their winter retreat in the fields, volunteer Ringwood teams, guard their crossing to spawn in breeding ponds across busy pathways. Remember, you have to kiss a lot of toads…
Ringwood is situated to the west of the National Park and is on the beautiful River Avon.
The area has been populated since early times and is also mentioned in the Domesday Book, and Ringwood was by all accounts originally named after an ancient group of people who lived in the area called the Regni.
Historically Ringwood was a traditional market town and there has been a market here since the 13th century. That tradition carries on today and the weekly market takes place in the market square every Wednesday so if you fancy a bit "local shopping" make sure to pay it a visit and sample some of the local produce.
The economy of Ringwood has changed a lot over the years and although once an agricultural centre agriculture in the area has declined culminating in the closure of the cattle market in the late 80's. Ringwood is now favoured as a residential area for those families looking for a more suburban family home that are happy commuting to work in nearby Bournemouth, Poole and Southampton for example.
If you are partial to the occasional tipple Ringwood has its own traditional brewery and it famous for its brand names of Fortyniner, Old Thumper, Porter 4X, Boondoggle and 21 Not Out, but don't try and mix them all at once unless you want a major hangover.
If wine is more to your taste then you can try some of their very own wines as the Ringwood brewery also owns the Château de Fayolle vineyard in Dordogne, France
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