There can be few other places in England where the ancient landscape has remained so unchanged. In 1079 when William The Conqueror named the area his ‘new hunting forest’, little could he imagine that nearly 1000 years later his ‘Nova Foresta’ would still retain its mystery and romance.
The ancient system established by William The Conqueror to protect and manage the woodlands and wilderness heaths is still in place today through the efforts of Verderers, Agisters and Commoners – literally the judges, stockmen and land users of the forest.
Set in the heart of the New Forest, the Beaulieu Estate, home of the Montagu family, comprises Palace House, the ruins of Beaulieu Abbey, Bucklers Hard, and the renowned National Motor Museum. It also hosts the annual Motorcycle World show.
Home of the Royal Naval Dockyards, the Mary Rose, and Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory - which is the oldest still commissioned naval ship in the world.
THE SAMMY MILLER MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM
Sammy Miller was awarded an MBE for Services to Motorcycle Heritage in the 2009 New Years Honours List.This is a live museum, for whenever the opportunity presents itself these machines are run in classic bike events of one kind or another. Many of the racing machines are still fully competitive and capable of giving a good account of themselves in high speed parades.
Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum is located 15 miles west of Southampton, 10 miles east of Bournemouth, at Bashley Cross, just outside New Milton