Short Break: The New Forest, EnglandA few days fit for foodies, and surrounded by ancient woodland
Hampshire is far enough from the entrails of London to feel like deep countryside but plenty near enough for a weekend break. The New Forest is a huge tract of natural heathland and forest that's been there for thousands of years and is teeming with birdlife and herds of wild ponies.
Sitting within all this is a large Pig; a hotel likely to have been inspired by the town and country set-up at Babington House. The New Forest Pig was the first for this small but growing hotel group and is the perfect base for a restorative weekend away that makes the most of the natural world, but comes with all creature comforts.
Once at the Pig, leave the car here and walk everywhere. It's only a few miles to the pretty coastal town of Lymington. Or you can choose one of the well-marked walking and cycling trails through the forest (the Pig has bikes you can borrow). If gastronomy rather than nature is your quarry, you'll want to cast your foraging net wider than the (excellent) Pig restaurant. It's a five mile walk through forest trails to Hartnett & Holder, Angela Hartnett's New Forest hideaway, and the Pig even has a specially printed map with instructions to guide you there.
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