England is well known for its rolling countryside and beautiful landscapes. But perhaps not enough credit is given to its amazing woodland and forests. Here we run through the top 5 forests in England, and why each one is so special.
1. New Forest
The New Forest can be found in the south of England and encloses an expanse of pasture land; the biggest remaining stretch of such land in the country. It stretches across three counties – Hampshire, Wiltshire and east Dorset. It’s a wonderful place to explore, have picnics, and simply relax. There is a wealth of amazing wildlife and the famous wild ponies, cattle and pigs that roam free across the forests and even the roads leading to small towns and villages in the area.
Puzzlewood is full of strange rock formations, ancient trees and secret caves. It is famous for having a lush yet eerie landscape, which is why it’s attracted film crews to use this ancient forest as a setting for their films and tv programmes. There are large oak, beech, ash and lime trees which all create incredible root formations. Moss covered rocks and hidden dead ends makes this forest one of the best places to explore and feel completely immersed in what seems like another world.
3. Sherwood Forest
Sherwood Forest is where the legend of Robin Hood was born. Although there is no clear evidence of his existance, the legend remains strong and the forest attracts thousands of tourists keen to explore this amazing piece of history, whether real or not. Ancient oak and birch woodland make up this extensive area of forest, and is perfect for exploring by bicycle and even by horseback. Gorgeous picnic area make Sherwood Forest a perfect place to visit with family for a memorable day out.
4. Forest of Dartmoor
Dartmoor is well known for being a rustic, windswept and exposed area of Devon. But explore a little further, and you will discover so much more. Much of the area of Dartmoor is actually covered in lush, thick forest, with hundreds of rivers and streams running through them all. There are cosy, hidden pockets where you can park your car and take a gorgeous relaxed picnic before a little paddle in the stream.
5. Forest of Dean
The Forest of Dean has an incredible natural beauty, inspiring the likes of JRR Tolkien and JK Rowling to create some of the wonderful imaginary locations in their work. Alongside walking or cycling around the forest, there is a wealth of activities to get involved in such as archery, zip-wiring plus museums, caves, mines and steam trains to see. There are also several fantastic pubs and restaurants to sample delicious food to make a wonderful trip in the outdoors complete.
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