Route 66, Big Sur and the Karakoram Highway are just some of the driving roads enjoyed by motorists worldwide. Many take to these roads for no particular purpose, they do not wish to reach a destination, they simply want to enjoy the open road, admire the scenery and take their much loved motor on an adventure. Locations such as China and America are wonderful yet we know of plenty of Great British drives much closer to home – our home in fact, in the magnificent New Forest.
If you're daydreaming of setting off in a classic motor with your partner beside you, a picnic in the boot and adventure on the mind, this moment of fancy can become a reality in the New Forest National Park, home to plenty of pleasant roads which will be kind to your E-Type, Ferrari 250 GTE and Alpha Romeo Spider.
The New Forest has the most extensive area of heath land in Europe providing plenty of wide open roads and home to the ‘Classic Car Capital’ of the New Forest, Beaulieu. This quaint little village is perfectly placed for your visit this summer, aside from its charming, historical buildings, roaming wildlife and enchanting landscape, Beaulieu is also home to the famous Beaulieu Motor Museum – a must see for motor enthusiasts.
Let’s go for a drive!
To explore is to discover therefore rather than provide you with a map of roads, we recommend you belt up and drive to uncover the wonders of the forest.
Tucked away from the A35 Ornamental Drive is a much adored road that leads through to the village of Brockenhurst. During late spring and early summer you will have the pleasure of admiring a mixture of large rhododendrons, azaleas and majestic giant Redwoods and Douglas firs as you cruise through this hidden gem of the National Park.
FACT: Ornamental drive is home to the two tallest trees in the New Forest. The pair of Redwoods are around 150 years old.
From Ornamental drive you can slowly cruise through the village of Brockenhurst and turn either left or right to reach Beaulieu – both equally as scenic however we recommend if you’re approaching towards dawn that you stop off at Hatchet Pond for a view like no other.
Book our Best of British New Forest break
and choose from tickets to Beaulieu Motor Museum
or a delightful cruise along the Beaulieu River plus luxurious accommodation at our award-winning hotel – we even have under cover parking to protect your prized possession.