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Fishing in the New Forest is quite restricted and is only available at Hatchet Pond and Little Hatchet. You will need a forestry Commission fishing permit along with a valid rod license.
Fortunately this part of Hampshire is renowned for its fishing and it does have some excellent private lakes and fisheries available both in and around the forest area stocking a whole range of freshwater species including Roach, Rudd, Tench, Pike and Dace for example.
Of course not all fishing is restricted to the fresh water variety so if you want to add a bit of diversity to your fishing experience you could try your hand at sea fishing available from Lymington Quay.
There is the unique Run at Mudeford, a narrow tidal channel running in and out Christchurch Harbour, where large numbers of both sea and fresh water feed together, giving the opportunity to fish for such species as bass, sea trout, mullet, and flounder, at the same time as roach, dace, and bream. Again, contact Davis Tackle for more details and advice.
Sea fishing is of course a major attraction for fishermen. You can fish from the beach, and there are several companies and individuals offering fishing trips by boat in the area, including
The soft cliffs to the East of the village are famous for their fossils from the Eocene period (40 million years ago). The area is a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) which means that they are protected by law, and you cannot actually dig for them. Don’t be deterred though, they are easy to find laying on the surface, as they get eroded from the soft cliffs by rain and sea. There are many web sites with information on this subject, for example,
There are several golf courses in the area, including Highcliffe Castle Golf Club
Ringwood: Matchams Leisure Park. Tel: 01425 473305
It’s true! The Christchurch Ski Centre is Britain’s Number 1. They also have an Alpine Adventure Park, and much more besides.
If you want to go for a walk or cycle directly from the house try walking to Gus Common. Turn right out of the house along Croft Rd., pass Chisel Lane and Lyndhurst Rd on your left and stay on the road which turns gently to the right. Then take the next left, Waterditch Rd, which goes up a gentle hill and then down through a small brook crossing the road. Shortly afterwards turn left and follow the lane round until you come to a bridle path. Keep going straight until you come to a gate at the entrance of Gus common. Enter and enjoy roaming round.
There are so many beautiful walks for all abilities in the NEW FOREST.
Guide books are in the house and the following web site in useful.