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The New Forest is a former royal hunting area in the south of England. It was created in 1079 by William the Conqueror as a hunting area, principally of deer. It is a unique area of historical, ecological and agricultural significance, and retains many of the rural practices conceded by the Crown in historical times to local people. Principal of these is the pasturing of ponies, cattle, pigs and donkeys in the open Forest by local inhabitants known as commoners.
England’s newest National Park is best explored on foot, bicycle or on horseback to get a more intimate feel of the forest, its coast and villages. Apart from its natural beauty the New Forest is also home to the following attractions: