Introducing Lyndhurst & Brockenhurst
The quaint country villages of Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst are separated by just 4 miles and make for atmospheric bases from which to explore the rest of the national park. Both boast picturesque sleeping spots; Brockenhurst can lay claim to a superb eatery, while Lyndhurst is home to an evocative museum.
The New Forest Centre, in Lyndhurst, contains a tourist office with a wealth of information, including camping guides and walking and cycling maps. The centre also houses the New Forest Museum, which features a local labourer's cottage (complete with socks drying beside the fire), potato dibbers and a cider press. Listen for recordings of the autumn pony sales, which take place after the annual drifts (roundups).
Just across the car park, the library has free internet access.