Ringwood is a historic market town in Hampshire, northeast of Bournemouth, located on the western edge of the New Forest at a crossing point of the River Avon. Ringwood has held a weekly street market dating back to 1226.
Ringwood has remained an unspoiled town with both quaint as well as modern shops, restaurants, pubs and cafes.
Ringwood is well placed to explore the New Forest and Avon Valley, a 34-mile-long distance walking route that takes you from the Cathedral city of Salisbury all the way to Christchurch Priory on the south coast.
The New Forest was created by King William I around 1079 as a royal forest, his hunting reserve for his deer and wild boar, that could roam freely without fences.
The local people were given some rights allowing them to graze their stock on the forest. The New Forest pony and other stock have since sculpted the landscape creating a totally unique and picturesque area.
In 2005 the New Forest National Park was created to ensure that the natural beauty, wildlife and history are protected and people can appreciate and enjoy it.
Bournemouth is a vibrant cosmopolitan coastal resort town on the south coast of England.
The town has a vast array of shops, restaurants and bars. Take a stroll from the centre through the beautiful award winning gardens to the beach.
Bournemouth has seven miles of sandy beach and enjoys an exceptionally warm microclimate. Wander out onto central Pier for some fun activities such as the Zip Wire, and enjoy the fine views along the coast in both directions.
Bournemouth’s sea is perfect for a water sport fanatic or for just splashing around in the calm waters. The stunning Jurassic coastline is full of action all year round as it hosts fantastic annual events and festivals.