Dog friendly activities nearby in the New Forest

14 January 2019

Dog friendly activities near Shamba Holidays

Dogs are man’s best friend, so if you’re bringing them along to our dog-friendly holiday park for a stay, then you’ll want them to have a great break away too!

Over 140 miles of New Forest outdoor paths and trails await, full of sights and smells that they’ll love to explore, and there are plenty of dog-friendly activities that you can all do together. We’ve put together a list of some of the must-sees that all the family (even the furry ones) can enjoy.


Birthday πŸŽ‚ Walk in the Forest 🌳🐾🐻

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Canoeing on the river

Give your pooch a different view with a fantastic canoe trip down the Beaulieu River. Setting off from New Forest Activities, you can rest-assured that the sturdy open Canadian-style canoes are ideal for exploring secluded creeks. You’ll be with a guide, so even if you’ve not had much experience on the water, you’ll be able to learn more about the area as you explore and your dog will love it too!


The New Forest Centre

A stunning museum and gallery, The New Forest Centre situated in Lyndhurst is something you can do with your dog even if the weather isn’t that great. There’s free entry to the museum and you’ll be able to learn more about the heritage, traditions and interesting events that have taken place in the area over the years. With regular new exhibitions and fundraising events, it’s a day out that you can enjoy time and time again. Of course, you might want to enjoy some local delicacies, so take the time to visit the on-site café for a spot of tea and cake.


New Forest Lavender Farm

Although your furry friend isn’t permitted to go in the actual fields, The New Forest Lavender Farm welcomes dogs on leads round their nursery as well as the tearoom that’s brimming with goodies! With so many beautiful flowers to look at, and a heavenly scent in the air, it’s a wonderfully relaxing day out.


Hurst Castle

With stunning views of the Isle of Wight, Hurst Castle sits on the New Forest coastline. The area is ideal for dog walkers with the pebbly Hurst Spit which takes you along to Milford-on-Sea. With plenty of games of fetch to be had, and the chance to paddle in the sea, dogs will love bounding along beside you. If your dog is friendly and kept on a short lead, you can also jump on board the Hurst Ferry to Keyhaven through the harbour.


Time for something to eat!

With a day spent exploring under your belt, you’ll wall want to refuel with some delicious, washed down with a tipple or two. The New Forest has plenty of cosy, dog-friendly country pubs and tea rooms that are ideal for a relaxing meal. You’ll often find water bowls scattered throughout, and some even serve dog treats at the bar. The Mayflower near the front at Lymington, The New Forest in Ashurst and The White Buck Inn in Burley are all very welcoming.


Spending the weekend by the seaside with my mummies. Made myself at home already.

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Make your pooch the centre of attention with a trip to Dogstival in May. Held in Pylewell Park, it’s hosted by wildlife enthusiast Chris Packham and offers dogs the chance to explore woodland, open fields and coastline too! With a vintage funfair, food and drink stalls and live music, it’s a great day out for everyone to enjoy.


Tiring Tuesday!!

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The News Forest is such an area of great beauty that you’ll love taking the time to explore and discover, but if you’d prefer, don’t forget that at Shamba Holidays you’re also well placed to take a trip to nearby Bournemouth and Poole and let your pooch dip their paws in the sea on the best beach walks for dogs too!