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Greetings from the New Forest – dog edition!

Greetings from the New Forest!

Or this month shall I say woof woof!! It’s no news to anyone that knows us that we love to welcome dogs at Woodlands Lodge, and whereas we pride ourselves in our wonderful hospitality, a lovely rice bone, towel and blanket for all our doggie guests. There is plenty of space to run about – a tap to clean those mucky paws and a comfy bar for the owners too so you can enjoy meals altogether as a family.

So we have compiled a list of what we think are the greatest things to do whilst staying with us in the forest.

1)      Walking – there are so many walks in the Forest, yet nowhere compares to our Woodlands Walk, or basically our door step! You can walk for miles just out of the back garden.  So  forget the car and get out the walking boots, the dog is going to love it too, although may be a bit pooped by the end of the day J Another firm favourite with our doggie guests is the Deer Leep car park Ashurst, and there are miles of gorgeous heath land to walk in, and no need to keep the dog on a lead as there is great visability and not a road for miles… bliss

2)      The Beach- only 30 minutes away from the Woodlands Lodge Hotel we have some stunning beaches, and several are dog friendly, what better way to walk and exercise with the views of the isle of Wight and usually a bracing breeze. Our favourites are Hengistbury Head- a scenic headland near Bournemouth and has archaeological significance as well as a wide variety of wild life, Mudeford Sandbanks – this is the beach that attaches to Hengistbury Head and has easy access for everyone and dog friendly year round, Milford on Sea – offers great cliff top views and you can walk to Hurst castle and Lepe Country Park- beautiful views of the Solent, D day remains too, although in peak season some of the beach is reserved for families there is still plenty of places to walk with your dog through the meadows, estury or cliff tops and well worth a visit.

3)      Beaulieu – lose yourself in the Beaulieu grounds and gardens, the formality of the Victorian Kitchen Garden and the Mill Pond Walk. Dogs are allowed in the grounds on a lead, and once you have finished here there is the great Beaulieu river walk which leads you to Bucklers Hard and this brings us onto the next place in the Forest where your dog is welcome Bucklers Hard, although it does not make its own number in our list as dogs are only welcome outside, which although similar to Beaulieu is a lot smaller.

4)      Moors Valley country park – there are lots of fabulous trails and places to explore dogs are very welcome at this country park although there are some areas where they need to be kept on a lead. It’s wide paths and trails are perfect for the whole family.

5)      Exbury gardensThe Gardens are a spectacular 200 acre (80 hectare) site, world-famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs. Dogs are welcome everywhere as long as they are kept on a lead.

We hope you find this month’s blog handy in planning your trip to Woodlands Lodge, however, please just ask us at reception if you would like us to check where dogs are welcome, and if you fancy some dog free time too, we can recommend Southern Pet Services who have a doggy day care.

With the rhododendrons in bud ready to bloom at any moment, this is an ideal time to visit the New Forest, and the Woodlands Lodge team are waiting.

Best wishes

Imogene

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