Welcome to the Real New Forest Guide – an independent guide that gives you the lowdown on the New Forest. Browse through our pages for information on its history, customs, biodiversity and attractions. The New Forest is a unique area of the UK, situated in the south west corner of Hampshire. The New Forest National Park covers an area of 219 square miles and contains no towns only villages.
Perambulation is an historic term for the boundary of the area governed by Forest law. It is defined in the New Forest Act 1964 and encompasses Crown land managed by the Forestry Commission, plus privately owned land and manorial grounds subject to common rights. The area within the perambulation makes up the heart of the New Forest – the area that most people come to visit.