With our eldest safely deposited at Scout Camp we had the luxury of a one-child walk with our youngest, who does crave the one on one attention from time to time. The weather had changed for the better from the day before so we thought we'd take a jaunt to the New Forest for a walk and a roast dinner.
We chose to park at Broomy Walk car park as it was a short walk from the High Corner Inn where I had booked dinner as we planned to stop there after a 5 mile walk around the surrounding forest and heathland. It was such a peaceful walk hardly a soul around which afforded us to see a host of wild deer as well as lots of New Forest ponies, donkeys and cattle. Starting at Broomy car park we take a walk around the forest in Broomy before coming out onto Ogden's Purlieu, then cutting through some pretty woodland paths in the Hasely Hill Inclosure. The walk seemingly circles a beautiful thatched cottage in the middle of nowhere with undulating hills of purple heather and gorse which is also home to some rare bird sightings. Heading back, we pass over a pretty stone bridge then back to the Boomy woodland before reaching the pub.
The High Corner Inn is a great pub for walkers with young children, at the end of a good walk (or bike ride) you can sit in the garden with a refreshing drink while the kids can play in the playground or climb trees in the pubs grounds. The pub also has rooms so if you no interest in camping in the New Forest, here is a place you can stay in the very heart of it.