The south-east of England is home to the New Forest National Park, one of the largest and most diverse open spreads of pastureland and forest in the region. A walker's nirvana, the park offers an abundance of routes on foot and by bicycle for the seasoned rambler, orienteering student (the varied terrain has proven popular for the Duke of Edinburgh Award challenge) and family groups. Deer and horses roam freely here.
Ethically-graded bed and breakfasts and campsites offer a welcome escape for city-dwellers from Britain and beyond. Country fairs take place fairly frequently here, offering a variety of local produce and crafts. For a touch of local history, the town of Beaulieu is home to an abbey and palace gardens, as well as a motor museum.