Of all the counties in the UK, Hampshire is one of the most beautiful. For natural wonders, it is right up there with the best. With the New Forest, the South Downs, a stunning coastline and more, it is the perfect area for nature lovers.
The New Forest
The New Forest National Park is located in the south west of Hampshire, and it extends into Wiltshire. This is one of the most well known areas of natural beauty in the UK. Stunning natural scenery, fun activities and great walks make it a popular tourist destination. But there are also lots of charming villages in the forest, one of which could become your new home.
The South Downs National Park
Hampshire is fortunate in that it is also home to the South Downs National Park. This is the newest of the UK’s national parks, after being named as one in 2009, and it is a stunning area of natural beauty. Anywhere in the national park is beautiful to explore, but there are some areas that are particularly worth seeing.
For example, head to Queen Elizabeth Country Park where you will find Butser Hill, the highest point in the national park at 270 metres, as well as 1,400 acres or woodland and trails. Or you could walk or cycle the South Downs Way to see some of the most beautiful countryside in England. Stansted Park is also worth visiting, as are attractive market towns such as Alton and villages like Selborne.
St Catherine’s Hill
This is a beautiful nature reserve in Hampshire that spans 47 hectares and includes stunning scenery. The dramatic St Catherine’s Hill is nearly 100 metres high and provides excellent views of Winchester.
The Isle of Wight
A short boat trip across the Solent takes you to the Isle of Wight, which makes for a great day out or weekend trip. There is plenty to see and do here to keep you busy. For example, you could spend the day on the beach, visit Culver Down, hunt for fossils, enjoy some beautiful walks, or see the Needles.
Lepe Country Park
This is the best place to enjoy the coast of Hampshire. It stretches from the Beaulieu River to Stanswood Bay, and you can walk along the beach, see the dramatic cliffs, stop off in the café, and enjoy the meadows full of wild flowers. Head to the top of the cliffs for views across the ocean.
There are many places where you can get out and enjoy the countryside on a walk. For example, go to Alice Holt Woodland Park near Farnham and you will find an easy walking path that you can do in about an hour starting from the Forest Visitor Centre. Or you could walk along Basingstoke Canal, which is a 30-mile walk; if you don’t want to walk it all, you could hire a boat for some of it instead.
Blashford Lakes Wildlife Reserve near Ringwood has lots of trails to enjoy, and you can walk alongside the river at Blackwater Valley, which takes you through splendid countryside including woodlands and meadows.
Moors Valley Country Park
Moors Valley Country Park in Ashley Heath is actually in Dorset, but it is on the Hampshire border. This is a great place to take the kids because it has an adventure playground with a ‘Go Ape’ course for a fun and active day out. There is also a visitor centre, steam railway, bike hire and more.
Discover the Natural Beauty of Hampshire
These are just a few the most beautiful natural attractions in Hampshire, but there are many more to discover. If you are ready to start your home search in Hampshire, let me know if you would like to live near to any of the places featured in the above list, and I’ll start looking for your new property immediately.
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