This past weekend Mark and I visited the New Forest We went last summer and it was freezing – almost the same temperature last July as it was now in early April, crazy! This was actually the third time I have been on a New Forest weekend getaway, you may remember I went with my parents in 2019, and it was just as pretty as my previous trips.
We stayed central in Brockenhurst, taking the train from London after work on Friday. Saturday morning we got back on the train but for a very quick eight minute journey down to the coastal town of Lymington. I’ve never been to this beautiful British seaside town but it is absolutely gorgeous and Mark and I actually talked about coming back just to visit here. We wandered around, explored the Saturday market which takes over the full main street, and then rented bikes for the afternoon to head out to hurst Castle. On the way out we biked along the water which was gorgeous though very windy.
The hardest part was the mile approached to the castle which is a long a spit of pebbled rocks only accessible by walking, or in our case biking. We are able to bike about 90% of it and had to walk our bikes through very deep patches of pebbles especially as I want to be careful with the pregnancy. Hurst was a bit more of a fort than a castle definitely a very defensive structure given its position and insane amount of walls, cannons, gun power storage, and more. I came back we took a bit more of an easier route through the forest which was much smoother pavement and less wind as it wasn’t by the water. I kept pictures to a minimum along our 14-mile ride as I was focused on biking but here are a few:
We finished the bike with delicious ice cream back in Lymington before heading back to our hotel in Brockenhurst. The main reason for our New Forest weekend getaway was dinner at The Pig, a famed hotel and restaurant, and it was definitely the highlight. Friends from the UK got us a voucher for dinner for two as a wedding gift and we had an amazing meal dining off the 25-mile menu.