Local Area 

People who live here will tell you that The New Forest is a lively, working landscape with many secrets to discover. The only way to reveal The New Forest’s hidden gems and truly appreciate the sights, sounds and smells of the forest is to get out there and explore. Try to escape from the confines of the car and head out on foot, bicycle or on horseback to get a more intimate feel of the forest, its coast and villages. 
Stonehenge is probably the most important prehistoric monument in the 
whole of Britain and has attracted visitors from earliest times. It stands as a timeless monument to the people who built it. 
The Stonehenge that we see today is the final stage that was completed about 3500 years ago, but first let us look back 5000 years. 
Superbly situated in southern England’s rural heartland, medieval Salisbury is the perfect fusion of ancient and modern. The city lies at the confluence of five rivers and the awe-inspiring sight of the Cathedral, rising up from the water-meadows, has been described as ‘Britain’s best view’ by readers of Country Life magazine. 
Southampton is located on the southern shoreline of England, between Portsmouth (to the east) and the New Forest National Park (to the west). The city of Southampton is close to many main roads, which link it to more northerly cities, with the M3 being especially prominent and heading to nearby London, passing Eastleigh, Winchester, Basingstoke and Farnborough along the way. 
Modern day visitors to Winchester can’t help but soak in the history as they wander through the ancient streets of this small city. Few however may realise that some of Winchester’s first settlers arrived there more than 2,000 years ago. 
The first permanent residents of Winchester appear to have arrived in the Iron Age, sometime around 150BC, establishing both a hillfort and also a trading settlement on the western edge of the modern city. Winchester would remain the exclusive home of the Celtic Belgae tribe for the next two hundred years or so. 
As a significant naval port for centuries, Portsmouth is home to the world's oldest dry dock still in use and also home to some famous ships, including HMS Warrior and Lord Nelson's flagship HMS Victory. Although smaller than in its heyday, the naval base remains a major dockyard and base for the Royal Navy and Royal Marine Commandos whose Headquarters resides there. There is also a thriving commercial ferryport serving destinations on the continent for freight and passenger traffic. 
The Spinnaker Tower is a striking recent addition to the city's skyline. It can be found in the redeveloped former HMS Vincent, an area of retail outlets, restaurants, clubs and bars now known as Gunwharf Quays. 
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