Traveling through New Forest, Hampshire shows the tourist ever-rarer unspoiled English pasture and woodlands. Additionally, there are great sections of heath – or dwarf shrub – habitats. Altogether, the region called “the New Forest,” offers plenty of scenic nature appreciation and opportunities for hiking and the like.
Sitting in the southeast of England, which is heavily-populated, New Forest lies in the southwest corner of the county of Hampshire. New Forest itself comprises much of the national park which goes by the same name. Also, it lends its title to the local government district which is a subdivision of the Hampshire county government. The park itself is still part of what’s called “Crown Lands,” meaning they fall under the control of the monarch.
Originally, much of New Forest was woodland. Since the start of the Stone Age, though, it lost much of the forest to land cultivation. This practice continued up through the Bronze Age. Because of the acidic nature of the soil, though, most farmland did not succeed. The resulting vegetation that took the forest’s place became the dwarf shrub-dominated heathland.
William the Conqueror created the New Forest, designating it a Royal Forest around 1080. It is now England’s oldest surviving wooded area. Today, the region is about 20 miles long and 12 miles wide, making a natural triangle. In the center of the park is the village of Lyndhurst, which is considered its capital. Popular landmarks include the Queen’s House, erected during the reign of Charles II.
The county of Hampshire, in the southeast of England, sits on the coastline. It’s the fifth most-populous region in England, with over 1.7 million people living within its borders. Interestingly, the area was a departure point for many people sailing to the New World and America. The U.S. state of New Hampshire derives its name from this county.
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