Alan Rogers Review
An attractive site, Ashurst is on the fringe of the New Forest, set in a mixture of oak woodland and grass heathland which is open to the grazing animals of the forest. It provides 280 pitches, some of which have been gravelled to provide semi-hardstanding; otherwise you pitch where you like, applying the three-metre rule on ground that can be uneven. Set on the edge of a small area of woodland known as Ashurst Wood, the site is a short walk from Matley Heath, an expanse of New Forest heathland criss-crossed with walking and cycling tracks. Only a five-minute stroll away is the pretty village of Ashurst, where you will find shops, traditional pubs and welcoming restaurants. Local attractions include the Longdown Activity Farm and The New Forest Wildlife Park. There are no electricity connections. Some noise must be expected from the adjacent railway line – the station is a short walk away. No pets allowed.
N.B. Camping in the Forest is a partnership between the Forestry Commission and The Camping and Caravanning Club.
The site is run by an enthusiastic team of wardens who, apart from other duties, are striving to encourage the local flora and fauna. The idea started when Great Tits nested successfully in the post box by reception! A stay here is unique as you will be amongst the ponies all year round and with their foals in the spring, inquisitive deer may pop in to see you and birds and other wildlife abound.