Things To Do In Hampshire This Spring
As the weather starts to improve and the temperature begins to rise, many of us will be thinking about getting out and about. We may also be looking to get more active and try out a new sport. There are plenty of outdoor activities to try in Hampshire. Read on to find out more about things to do in Hampshire this Spring.
Cycling through the New Forest
Exploring the New Forest by bike is a great way to cover lots of ground without the need for a car. Cycling is a very accessible activity, which the whole family can enjoy together. The New Forest has over one hundred miles of marked off-road routes, which are perfect for cycling, and many routes largely avoid the roads, which is perfect for children.
If you do not own a bike or do not want the hassle of bringing it with you, there are a number of bike hire shops at various locations, including Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Burley, Fordingbridge and Lyndhurst. It is easy and affordable to hire a bike for the day to explore the New Forest – adult bike hire costs around £20 per day and online booking is available. There are a huge variety of bikes available to hire, from mountain bikes to road bikes to tandems.
You can also hire children’s bikes, trailers and child seats, so even very young children can come along for the adventure. It is always wise to wear a protective helmet when cycling – most places have these available to hire and some provide them free of charge.
Horse Riding in the New Forest
It is often said that the world looks better when it is viewed from between a horse’s ears – you can do just this with a hack through the New Forest. There are a number of equestrian centres based in and around the New Forest, offering a range of lessons, hacks and experience days for riders of all abilities. Beginners can enjoy a steady trek through the forest or an introductory lesson and more experienced riders can go for a fast-paced hack.
Burley Villa School of Riding offers western riding experiences, which are suitable for riders of all abilities and are a good option if you want to join your horsey partner or friend for something a bit different. There is also plenty on offer for children – those aged 4-10 years can join a children’s “Brush n Ride” session, where they get to groom their pony before having a lesson in the indoor arena.
Hampshire is abundant with places to explore on foot, so why not embark on a long walk through the county, taking in all the natural beauty it has to offer? There are a number of routes of various intensity levels to follow, so you can explore the forests, the coastline or the towns and cities of Hampshire.
Hampshire is bursting with historic landmarks and majestic wildlife, and its diverse landscape means there are a huge variety of things to see. From the Spinnaker Tower and Winchester Cathedral in the cities to the deer, birds of prey and New Forest ponies of the countryside, Hampshire is home to a range of natural and man-made marvels.
Joining a walking group is a fantastic way of meeting new people and exploring the county with the help of an experienced guide. Walking with a group means you do not need to worry about getting lost, and you can choose a walk that is best suited to your fitness level and where you would like to go.
Outdoor Activity Centres
Outdoor Activity Centres are great for families, as they offer activities that suit both children and adults. From canoeing and kayaking to archery and high ropes, there is something for everyone to try.
There are a number of outdoor activity centres throughout Hampshire offering a varied programme of activities. Hampshire Outdoor Centres offer family activities including windsurfing, velodrome cycling, skiing and other activities across their four centres, and as no experience is necessary, it is a great opportunity to try something new. Marwell Activity Centre offers activities for children and adults, including adult-only quadbiking and clay pigeon shooting.
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