Stunning seaside forest with famous ponies & award-winning theme park named UK’s top campervan spot

A stunning English woodland with world famous wild ponies and a theme park has been voted this summer’s best motorhome stopover.

The school summer public holidays There are many people planning day trips, with forests and parks being popular choices for families.

An English woodland was voted best motorhome site this summer


An English woodland was voted best motorhome site this summerPhoto credit: PA
Wild ponies live in New Forest National Park


Wild ponies live in New Forest National ParkPhoto credit: Getty
The park was awarded top spot by Select Van Leasing


The park was awarded top spot by Select Van LeasingCredit: Alamy

Why New Forest National Park?

While most Brits head straight for the Jurassic Coast and Isle of Wight, one stunning park in southern England offers a holiday of a different kind.

research of Choose van leasing, has voted the New Forest National Park the UK’s best summer campervan site.

They ranked the travel destinations based on factors such as the number of campgrounds, the number of sites that allowed RVs, and the cost of staying overnight at the campground.

The results were calculated based on the number of Instagram hashtags and the number of monthly RV site searches.

And New Forest National Park took first place with a full score.

They added, “It is not surprising that New Forest National Park received full marks as it offers both beautiful scenery and is a great place to view a range of forest animals.”

Holidaymakers also rave about the national park on TripAdvisor.

One person wrote: “The forest is just stunning. From deep fir forests to open heathland, it has something to offer for everyone and every animal.”

While another person added, “The views are stunning and I found it very peaceful and relaxing.”

Located throughout Hampshire, Dorsetand Wiltshire in the south-west EnglandNew Forest National Park is home to wild ponies, deer, hiking trails and its own theme park.

Summer is the best time to travel, as high temperatures of 21°C are often predicted.

Hotels are also extremely affordable: a night at The Stag Hotel in Lyndhurst, a three-star hotel, costs just £95 a night when two people share a room.

Holidaymakers can also book overnight accommodation at a range of campsites with prices starting at £17 per night per pitch.

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How do I get there?

The easiest way to get to New Forest National Park is by car, RV, or RV.

It is a two hour drive from London, 90 minutes from Bath and two and a half hours from Exeter.

Holidaymakers can also reach the New Forest by train, arriving at Brockenhurst station in the heart of the forest.

From London Waterloo Station, the journey to Brockenhurst takes 90 minutes. The return fare is £53 for a full-paying adult.

Train services also run from other stations including Basingstoke, Winchester, Southampton, Bournemouth, Oxford and Birmingham.

There are also several other railway stations in the New Forest including Ashurst, Beaulieu Road, Sway, New Milton, Lymington Town and Lymington Pier.

What is there to do?

There is also plenty to do in New Forest National Park.

In Brockenhurst, holidaymakers can spot some of the forest’s wild ponies at scenic Watersplash ford.

At the same time, visitors may even spot the odd cow or donkey wandering the streets of Brockenhurst.

New Forest National Park is a haven for wildlife, so vacationers can expect to see bats, shorebirds, deer, and plenty of insects.

Paultons Park now sits on the edge of the New Forest.

The theme park has more than 70 rides, including roller coasters, family rides, and attractions.

It is also known as the home of Peppa Pig World.

At Peppa Pig World, guests will find Grampy Rabbit’s Sailing Club, The Queen’s Flying Coach, Grandpa Pig’s Little Train, and Peppa’s Big Balloon.

Children can also have fun in the playgrounds and meet Peppa Pig and George Pig.

Beyond Peppa Pig World there is also tornado Springa world set in a desert resort town in the Midwest in the 1950s.

The New Forest also has 40 miles of coastline with first class beaches including Barton-on-Sea overlooking the Isle of Wight.

There are other beaches such as Milford on Sea, Lepe, Calshot and Eling.

Other nearby attractions include the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu and Buckler’s Hard, an 18th-century naval village where Nelson’s fleet was built.

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Paultons Park is on the edge of New Forest National Park


Paultons Park is on the edge of New Forest National ParkCredit: Alamy
The park also has 40 miles of shoreline


The park also has 40 miles of shorelinePhoto credit: Getty
There are numerous hiking trails and walking trails throughout the park


There are numerous hiking trails and walking trails throughout the parkCredit: Alamy

Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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