Posted 12th Nov 2015
Summer may be a distant memory but there is still plenty to tempt us outside, particularly in the New Forest where a wealth of wildlife, family activities, foraging opportunities and exciting places to explore awaits
If you're planning a visit to the New Forest this autumn then don't miss the chance to see and do some of these brilliant seasonal activities:
Learn how to tell the difference between fascinating tree species under the expert guidance of an experienced ecologist.
Discover the importance of our coast and its interesting habitats as you learn how to identify edible plants, seaweeds and seafood on a guided walk.
Animal signs and tracking
Catch a glimpse of some of the New Forest's rarest creatures on this exciting guided walk to show you how to recognise the tracks and signs left behind by the forest's inhabitants.
The New Forest, with its diverse number of habitats, is the perfect place to explore the fascinating world of insects on a guided walk with a knowledgeable entomologist. Learn how to recognise the forest's creepy crawlies and find out more on the vital role that they play in the environment.
At this time of year the New Forest is bursting with fungi, a fascinating and very important part of the ecosystem. Join a guided walk to learn more about the role of mushrooms, how to identify them and importantly which ones are edible.
Hire a bike
There's really no better way to see the length and breadth of the New Forest than from the saddle, and with a wide range of cycling routes meandering throughout the forest, hiring a bike is a must on your visit. New Forest Activities offer half and full day rentals on a range of bikes, with tag alongs, trailers and kids seats also available.
Take a tour from the water
Explore the breathtaking Beaulieu River from the comfort of a canoe on a peaceful guided tour. The stable Canadian canoes provide the perfect vessels for getting up close to nature whilst enjoying some of the New Forest's most magnificent scenery. Suitable for all ages, no experience is required to climb aboard a canoe tour, so make sure you don't miss out.
Visit www.newforestactivities.co.uk to book one of these exciting activities or to find out more about the whole range of activities on offer throughout the New Forest.
At the end of a busy day exploring be sure to stop off at Setley Ridge Vineyard and Farm Shop to pick up a delicious homemade meal for dinner for a true taste of the forest.
Situated in the heart of the New Forest National Park, the family-run oak framed farm shop, vineyard and catering business has plenty to offer. The produce and gifts stocked in the shop are sourced locally wherever possible from around the New Forest, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, within a 30 miles radius, whilst farm shop owner and chef Andrew Alvis provides a vast selection of scrumptious meat, fish and vegetarian meals and desserts lovingly homemade in the farm's own catering kitchen.
From local chutneys and chocolate to local cheese and homegrown wine, the shop offers an Aladdin's cave of goodies to indulge in. Visit www.setleyridge.co.uk to find out more.
Setley Ridge Vineyard
Tel: 01590 624 682