Explore the New Forest - Your independent Guide to the National Park

Burley

One of the bus stops as your approach the village of Burley

Burley a well know village in the Forest surrounded by heatherland, a beautiful place to explore, from walking to cycling and horse riding.

The New Forest Ponies wonder freely through the village High Street. These belong to New Forest Commoners, people that have forest rights to put their livestock out to roam freely. Please do not feed them, although the ponies would like you to, if makes it difficult for them in the Winter months and it is also against the law.

Burley is the home of New Forest Cider, where in the Autumn months of October, November and December you can see the Cider being made, they only use English Apples and it is worth finding the barrel in Burley which takes you to the cider Farm. You can purchase your cider all year. While visiting Burley and you wish to explore the country lanes, how about taking a Wagonette Ride, these start running from Easter for the summer season. There are horse riding stables in the village and Burley Bike Hire for those who prefer to travel by bike.

Look out for the beautiful Burley Donkeys and the home of the Burley Fudge, with pretty gift shops and Traditional Pubs and Inns and of course you can not leave without trying a cream tea in one of the many tea rooms and restaurants.

Bransgore

A few miles west of Burley in the village of Bransgore.

Bransgore comes from the Saxon triangular plot of land belonging to Bran or Brian - which grew around groups of daub and wattle collates. The local clay was made to make the characteristic red bricks.

John Draper, one of the first priors of Christchurch carved the village church of St Mary's, which was built in 1822. There is another interesting church, All Saints, at Thorney Hill, between Burley and Bransgore. This is a grade 1 listed building, built in 1908. On the village outskirts is a wildlife sanctuary.

There are three good pubs in the village, Three Tuns, The Carpeteners and The Crown. Although the village has been subject to new buildings, there are many thatched cottages tucked away in quiet back lanes together with Victorian Houses. On the outskirts is Sopley Camp, home of the RAF radar site, which tracked Concorde on its trials.

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