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You can’t beat May in the New Forest for seeing nature at its best – there’s the wonderful scented scenery, from shimmering bluebells to rhododendrons in bloom, not to mention the fragile newborn foals, wonderful mild weather and bank holiday weekends in which to explore it all. Here are some of nature’s best activities nearby you can get involved in during a May stay at Moortown Lodge…

Newborn foals

You’ll see foals roaming free with their mothers throughout the forest. See what’s so special about the New Forest at this time of year by taking a look here.

Rhododendrons and azaleas in bloom

The Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons and azaleas can be seen looking its best at Exbury Gardens during April and May. Rhododendrons are also in bloom on Rhinefield Ornamental drive during May. Find out more about Exbury Gardens here and Rhinefield Ornamental drive here.

Dawn chorus walk

On Thursday 1st May, just a 15 minute drive away in Abbots Well, Frogham, this walk is for the early birds, starting at 6am! Find out more and how to book here.

A gem of a woodland walk

On Monday 5th May, just a 20 minute drive away  in Lyndhurst, this woodland walk includes towering views and a reptilian excursion, taking in a full variety of forest woodland, Acres Down Heath and a diversion to the Reptile Centre. Find out more and how to book here.

Walking picnics at nearby locations on a range of dates

Starting less than  a 15 minute drive away at either Abbots Well, Frogham or  Anderwood, Burley, there are walking picnics taking place on several dates throughout the month, including both bank holiday Mondays and every Saturday apart from 17th May. Find out more and how to book  here.

Bluebells and bridleways

On Saturday 17th May, starting less than a 30 minute drive away this gentle 5 mile walk from Setley Pond includes a discussion of the origins of the pond and its uses today, followed by a walk through Royden Wood, looking at bluebells and trees. There’s an optional pub lunch after the walk. Find out more and how to book here.

A Whitsun wander

On Saturday 24th May, a Whitsun wander starts just 6 miles away from Moortown Lodge at the High Corner Inn car park. This 9 mile walk explores the stunning Ashley Walk area of the forest, giving walkers the opportunity to discover more about how the unique landscape is managed and protected. Find out more and how to book here.

 A walk with four legged architects

 On Wednesday 28th May, starting less than a 30 minute drive away at Beaulieu Road car park, this is a moderate 7 mile walk through the diverse forest landscape, discussing the New Forest pony and how the landscape has been shaped over the centuries. Find out more and how to book here.

 Get fit in company

On Saturday 31st May, departing from the Rufus Stone car park approximately a 20 minute drive away from Moortown Lodge, walkers can get fit in company and meet likeminded friends on this 5 mile walk with an optional pub lunch after the walk too. Find out more and how to book here.