Sunday, June 01, 2008

New Forest

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To continue on my appreciation for the green side of things in the UK, I decided to organize a last minute trip to The New Forest.


The New Forest is an area of southern England which includes the largest remaining tracts of unenclosed pasture land, heathland and old-growth forest in the heavily-populated south east of England. The contiguous New Forest habitat covers south west Hampshire and some of south Wiltshire. Additionally the New Forest local government district is a subdivision of Hampshire which covers most of the forest, and some nearby areas. There are many small villages dotted around the area.


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The New Forest Tour Bus


As first timers, we decided to get the open top bus tour bus to give us an overview of the place. A group ticket for five only costs GBP 22.50 which is a bargain compared to the GBP 9.00 individual ticket. It runs hourly and a complete round trip lasts for about two hours if you decided to stay on board for the whole duration of the journey. The tickets can be bought from the Tourist Information Center (Lyndhurst Tourist Information Center is the only one open on Sunday) or from the driver directly. Click here for more info.


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On The Top Deck


We got off at Lymington which seems to be one of the major towns in the New Forest.


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Trying To Figure Out Where We Are


The town has many shops, catering for tourists and sailing enthusiasts alike.


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At The Quay in Lymington


After walking aimlessly, we headed back on the bus to continue our journey. We pass through the scenic Beaulieu, Exbury and Denny Wood Camp Site before arriving back at Lyndhurst. It is often called the "Capital of the New Forest" and is a popular tourist location with many shops, cafés, pubs and hotels.


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Saint Michael And All Angels


Alice Liddell, also known as Alice Hargreaves, the inspiration for Alice in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, lived in and around Lyndhurst after her marriage to Reginald Hargreaves, and is buried in the graveyard of the church of St. Michael & All Angels, Lyndhurst.


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The Grave of Alice Liddell


The steps leading to the rear of the church were made out of old tombstones which I feel strange. A good way to recycle them though.


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The Tombstone Steps


We had a pub lunch here at an apparrently haunted place as clearly stated on the entrance and menu. The ghost haunts the site on New Year's eve which is the anniversary of his death.


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Yummy!


After lunch, we took a stroll back to the bus stop for our journey home to Southampton. As we have about 15 minutes to spare before the schedule arrival, we cross the road to an open park.


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The Horse Roams Freely In The Background


I was amaze to see the horses walking freely like what a common sight of cows are in certain streets in Malaysia.


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I Am Terrified That The Horse Will Attack Me


Being suspicious of the horse, it was a big step for me on even laying my hands on it. This does not seem to be an issue with the rest.


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I Swear The Horse Just Gave Me The Look


Well, this was the whole highlight of my trip. It would have even be better if we can see more closer to the wildlife.


That's all from me now! Take Care.

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