Seldom do Mona and I find ourselves with a weekend free of work commitments and no adventures planned in advance.

When we realised we had a gap in our calendars we hastily threw together ideas and decided upon a one night stay over in the New Forest, renowned for its wild free roaming animals and tranquil forest walks.

On the short three hour drive we stopped off in Salisbury to find something to eat and stretch our legs. As we drove onwards towards the New Forest dark clouds grew on the horizon. By the time we’d arrived the skies had opened and proceeded to not stop raining for the duration of our stay.Processed with VSCO with a6 presetIMG_6722

We were staying at the Crown Manor House hotel in Lyndhurst, pretty much as central as you could get when it comes to staying in the forest! After checking in and all that marlarky we decided to weather the storm. With only a few hours of daylight left we decided to scope out the area, returning rather swiftly after we were confronted with boggy trails having only trainers.

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Monday morning during our lovely buffet hotel breakfast we scoured the Internet looking up all the possible trails we could walk. As soon as I saw the pictures from the Tall Trees walk I knew it was the one. After buying two umbrellas we quickly headed out towards the trail, only around twenty minutes away on the percuelier one way roads the scenery suddenly turns more and more magical as you approach the parking area.

The rain created a mystical mist above the forest floor, honestly I don’t think I would have wanted it any other way. We had the entire trail to ourselves, the dog walkers and the horses – gracefully wandering between the trees like a scene from the Lord of the Rings.

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Before heading home we stopped off in Lymington to quell monas need for door-traits and pretty buildings.

Now sat at home, without a doubt infested with a hiking bug, we’re looking ahead in our calendars to try some hikes in snowdonia or the Brecon Beacons!

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