Bank

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The tiny hamlet of Bank offers an idyllic forest escape just one mile from the bustling town of Lyndhurst, brimming with quirky shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants.

About Bank

This little hamlet is set in beautiful countryside and woodland just a few kilometres west from the ‘capital’ town of the New Forest – Lyndhurst. It’s a pretty place with a comprehensive mix of ancient cottages, some from the 16th and 17th Century, as well as worker’s cottages and grander houses and homes built around the 19th Century. As you can imagine, there are lots of gorgeous chocolate box photo opportunities here. Bring your bike or don your walking shoes as there are some stunningly beautiful walks in and around Bank. The Oak Inn is considered by New Forest locals to be one of the best pubs in the area. The building dates from 1719 with low beams, horseshoes, inglenook fireplace, raw brickwork, wood panelling, nooks and crannies. The pub serves divine food and has a pleasant outdoor area where the forest’s free roaming ponies and donkeys like to gather.

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Woodland Trails
(Less than a mile)

Why not explore over 140 miles of unspoilt heathland and ancient woodland track by foot, bike or horseback? It’s the best way to get close to an abundant variety of wildlife and habitats on your journey. Click Here for some ideas on way marked walks suitable for all levels, including those who are less able and pushchairs and buggies.

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New Forest Museum
(Less than a mile)

Housed within the New Forest Centre, the New Forest Museum is packed full of displays and activities about the New Forest National Park, including why ponies are kept on the Forest and why we shouldn’t feed them! There’s something for all ages, which will help you make the most of your time in the Forest

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Went on an event day, which was, for us, too busy. The tickets allowed to go in again within 6 days. Lovely and peaceful and managed to see round the palace. Staff very friendly and heloful. Our grandchildren had a great day

May 2018


Very interesting. Grandson enjoyed the hands on displays.

August 2017


Hidden Britain Tours
(Less than a mile)

Guided tours of the New Forest on foot or driven around by our own chauffeur is the glamorous way to explore this beautiful part of the world.  Hidden Britain Tours have refined their experience over five years to bring you the best of the area’s history and landscapes in a few short hours - something for visitors of all ages to enjoy!

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New Forest Centre
(Less than a mile)

Telling you everything you need to know about the beauty spot that is the New Forest National Park, the New Forest Centre brings you the New Forest Museum, gift shops, walks and cycle rides and guides to the area’s magnificent wildlife.  

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Excellent, informative displays with plenty to appeal to all ages. We went on a rainy day and spent a couple of hours there with a 9yo, 4yo and 1yo. Learnt a lot about the history of the New Forest and how it is currently managed and would happily go back again,

August 2018


Informative and Interesting. Nice selection of items in shop.

March 2018


Very interesting and informative.

August 2017


The Woods Cyclery
(Less than a mile)

Offering accessory and cycle hire, The Woods Cyclery allows you to explore the New Forest and all its cycle paths, getting to know the natural beauty of Lyndhurst.  They offer a wide range of bikes from brands including Giant, GT Marin or Scott, for all ages and abilities as well as offering repairs and servicing.

https://www.thewoodscyclery.co.uk

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The Oak Inn
(Less than a mile)

A highly acclaimed country pub just outside Lyndhurst in the hamlet of Bank. Ponies often wander outside the pub which is popular with walkers, cyclists and those in search of good food and drinks in a charming location.  The food showcases the New Forest and coastal larder, with imaginative and creative menus that change seasonally. 

The Oak Inn (T: 02380 282350)  Bank SO43 7FD 

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Walked up from Brockenhurst and had a lovely lunch . ALL the staff were so friendly and welcoming.

January 2018


Great pub with lovely food and friendly service.

January 2018


The New Forest Inn
(Less than a mile)

A popular pub with New Forest folk for its great selection of local ales, beers, wines and delicious home-cooked food. The New Forest Inn’s location surrounded by forest and countryside means you’ll often see ponies, cattle, and pigs wandering past its doors. On nippy days, the Inn keeps its two real log fires burning. In the summer months, an enchanting beer gardens offers a beautiful spot to sit and relax. The menus and specials board feature old favourites, along with some tasty surprises. Dogs welcome.

The New Forest Inn (T: 023 8028 4690) Lyndhurst SO43 7DY

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excellent friendly pub, lovely food and service

July 2017


The Swan Inn
(Less than a mile)

This family run pub has roots dating back to c.1731. There’s a large sunny beer garden to the rear, inside is the familiar warm and comfortable hues, dark wood, beams and exposed brickwork for a country pub of this age. There are daily specials alongside the main menu, which also changes on a regular basis. You’ll find the usual pub fare which is cooked well and in large hearty portions. Dogs welcome.

The Swan  (T:02380 282203) Emery Down, SO43 7DT

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The Fox & Hounds
(Less than a mile)

A friendly Georgian pub in Lyndhurst’s thriving high street. It’s often busy with both locals and visitors who come to drink, eat, take part in the quiz nights, events and listen to live bands on Saturday nights. Inside is spacious whilst staying cosy, especially with the log burner glowing on a winter’s day. During warmer months, you can sit outside in the large terraced beer garden. 

The Fox & Hounds (T: 023 8028 2098) Lyndhurst SO43 7BG

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Friendly pub with.excellent beer and good food at reasonable prices. Pleasant outside patio and live music at weekends fun. New Forest discount card accepted for food orders recommended.

September 2017


The Mailmans Arms
(Less than a mile)

At the end of the high street, Mailmans Arms is a great place for people watching – the pub is next to the Maserati/Ferrari garage! The bar stocks real ales and a nice selection of wines, spirits and beverages. Home-made food is served all day and beautifully presented. Meat is from a local butcher, and vegetables from a greengrocer on the high street. The menu features popular pub classics alongside a daily specials board. There’s a monthly curry night and very popular Sunday carvery. Indoors is a large log fire, and when warm, there’s a choice of outdoor seating to the front of the pub and a beer garden to the rear. A separate TV room shows major sporting events.  

Mailmans Arms, (T:02380 284196)  Lyndhurst, SO43 7BE

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Barton on Sea
(10 miles)

A stony beach with sandy areas as the tide goes out, and a great spot to do some fossil hunting. The cliffs are subject to considerable coastal erosion and at times parts of the beach can be cordoned off. The Beachcomber Café on the cliff top is one of the most popular cafés in the region. Plenty of parking in car parks along the cliff top as well as on-road parking.

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Milford on Sea
(10 miles)

A beautiful shingle beach with pretty painted beach huts, plenty of parking, and excellent coastal walks along Hurst spit to Hurst Castle with clear views of the Isle of Wight and needles. The superb Raft Rocks Restaurant is worth a visit with its Art deco style and roof terrace. You can also walk across the wildlife marshes to Keyhaven harbour and (in season) take the boat to Hurst Castle or the Isle of Wight.

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Great for a dog walk along the spit to Hurst Castle. Needles Eye cafe is a welcome break, quite good food but very busy and a bit basic.

December 2017


Fantastic sea location with goods pubs, shops etc

November 2017


Lovely village, plenty of shops and places to eat - no post office though.

June 2017


Highcliffe Beach
(10 miles)

A picturesque, tree-lined beach of shingle, and sand at low tide. Good facilities on the cliff top including an excellent tea room, award winning public toilets, baby change and a children’s play area in the Castle gardens. Plenty of parking, but there is no disabled access and quite a few steps to get down to the beach. Lifeguard cover from July to Sept. No dogs allowed.

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Lovely clean sandy beach and a really i would highly recommend this spot for your car to break down takes the ouch out of waiting for the recovery truck

April 2017


Lepe Beach
(12 miles)

Some of the best views of the Solent can be enjoyed from over a mile of beach and pine fringed cliffs. Historic D-Day remains, wildflower meadows and children's play area. Beach front car park.

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Mudeford Sandbank
(12 miles)

This is one of the most scenic of New Forest beaches. Lined with some of the most picturesque and expensive beach huts in the country! There’s no parking next to the beach, as it’s a traffic-free zone, but there’s pay and display parking at Hengistbury Head from where you can catch a little train to the sandbank, and Mudeford Quay which runs a small ferry (5 mins) over to the sandbank. Can also be reached on foot and by bicycle.

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Beautiful place, our favourite beach in south of England. It feels like an island, when you go over on the ferry and at times (off-season!) on sunny days it can feel like a little piece of Heaven, it's so peaceful and beautiful- bit of a sense of New England. There's a super little 'restaurant', the Beach Hut, which does great breakfasts, meals all day and some evenings. Also takeaway eg pizzas, you can eat on the beach. Very simple surroundings, with a sheltered veranda that can be uncovered in fine weather, and amazing views. Quite pricey and often very busy (and you are best to ring and check opening times and book since often weather and ferry-dependant) but the quality of the food and those stunning views make it more than worthwhile!

March 2018

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