Bank is a hamlet to the southwest of Lyndhurst and south of the main A35 road through the New Forest, and is bounded by woodland or wood pasture except on the east where there are arable lands. (OS grid reference: SU 28601 07211). The village itself dates back to the 16th century, as a settlement encroaching on the Forest. The hamlet contains 30 dwellings. It has no community facilities other than the Oak Inn, which is a two-storey late 18th century building of painted brick. Walkers, cyclists and horseriders are very welcome here. They are pet-friendly and will make sure your four-legged-friends have something to drink, too.
Beaulieu Heath alongside the B3054 road, between Beaulieu and Brockenhurst. A dull drizzly morning in January 2016 following some heavy rain and flooding on this area of heathland. The previous days' ice had started to melt and crack creating some interesting patterns.
A frosty morning in February 2016. OS Grid Ref: SZ 24718 98916
[Photos taken 11 August 2016]
Bratley View is an area of Mogshade Hill, but I decided to give it its own section to showcase the Scots Pine, a much photographed tree for its isolation in the area.
Brownhill Inclosure (Autumn changes)
Autumn is an extra special time in the Forest, with the changes of leaf colours on the trees and bracken dying back. Here are a few examples of what's been happening so far in October 2016.
Dur Hill Inclosure
OS Grid Ref: SU 19367 01272
Fox Hill Pond
OS Grid Ref: SU 25389 11224 Stoney Cross Plain, south of the A31. Park at 'Andrews Mare' Forestry Commission car park, then approx. 1/4 mile walk southwest. The first 8 shots were taken as the sun was setting, the remaining ones are during daylight.
OS Grid Ref: SU 36883 01658
B3054 Hatchet Lane
Little Wootton, Wootton, New Milton
This Inclosure is a mixed woodland, bounded on the east side by the B3058 Holmsley Road and the A35 to the west. Advised parking is at Brownhills Forestry Commission car park, just opposite across Holmsley Road.
OS Grid Ref: SZ 22729 99501
For this assignment (13 April 2016) I parked at Bratley View car park. Alternative parking is next to the "Canadian Memorial."
Mogshade Hill (revisited)
For this assignment (14 April 2016) I continued further along the grassy path mentioned in the previous photo set, heading towards Withybed Bottom.
OS Grid Ref: SU 25243 10959
A Passage in the New Forest is a safe path across a bog. Murrays Passage crosses Long Brook in Withybed Bottom (south of Stoney Cross and north of Stonard Wood) and was constructed from monies donated in memory of one Admiral Murray who died hunting in the area in 1901. A stone by the bridge over the brook marks the event.
The area where he was killed is called Backley Plain, which is approx. 3 1/2 miles southwest of Murray's Passage.
The Rising Sun, Wootton, New Milton
Bashley Common Road, Wootton, New Milton OS Grid Ref: SZ 24277 98360
Roe Inclosure / Milkham Inclosure
"Rhododendron ponticum" - a problematic invasive wild type of rhododendron.
You will come across these shrubs all around the New Forest.
To read more about them and find out what the Forestry Commission are trying to do to combat the problem, visit their website.
Near Upper Canterton OS Grid ref: SU 27171 12552
Schultze Gunpowder Factory Post Box, Fritham
Access via Fritham Lane (a No Through Road). The lane continues down to Eyeworth Pond, created for use in the manufacturing process by the Gunpowder Factory. The factory no longer survives, but the pond remains as a haven for wildlife. OS Grid Ref: SU 23108 14148
OS Grid Ref: SU 23104 09711
OS Grid Ref: SU 34294 01833
Sway War Memorial Cross
Pitmore Lane, Sway (junction with B3055 Sway Road). OS Grid Ref: SZ 28366 98782
Vinney Ridge Inclosure
A cold and frosty morning in January 2016. OS Grid Ref: SU 26028 05781