New Forest National Park

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What is better on a Sunday morning but a nice long walk to blow the cobwebs away, we decided to take our dog to the New Forest which is a short drive from us. The New Forest is situated in Hampshire and is an impressive 150 square miles. On our particular walk we went to Rhinefield Ornamental Drive which has several walks, we decided to walk The Tall Trees Trail which is 1.5 miles long, here you will see Giant Redwoods and Douglas firs. Two of the tallest trees in the New Forest, the Redwoods, are here and are around 150 years old.

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One and a half miles wasn’t quite long enough for us so we went off trail and walked another two miles. There are cycle paths and picnic areas and the scenery around you is just stunning. The New Forest is definately a fantastic place to visit and is nature at its best.

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Our first ramble February 2017

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In February 2017 we decided to join a ramblers group, we love to walk and visit beautiful landscapes so it made sense to us to join a local group and find new scenic walks.

Our first ramble was a 6 mile hilly walk at Swanage and Studland. I was surprised at just how fit the group were, bearing in mind they are about 20 years older than ourselves ( we are in our 30’s ). We struggled to keep up and would have liked to take more time to see the sights but we didn’t want to keep the group waiting. February probably isn’t the best time of year to start this activity as it was very cold and there was alot of mud. We walked from Swanage to Studland and Old Harry Rocks, after a brief rest we carried on to Agglestone Rock.

 

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Agglestone Rock is a sandstone block of about 400 tonnes in weight perched on a conical hill. It is a beautiful sight out in the middle of nowhere, if you are ever in Poole I recommend seeing this precious sight. We were glad when the walk was over as we were exhausted but we look forward to the next one.