Evening Standard 6 national parks to visit for a weekend away

Just south west of London, you’ll find one of the UK’s newest national parks, the New Forest – complete with ancient woodlands, bluebell fields and stunning coastline. Keep an eye out for roaming ponies, cattle and sheep and spend the day exploring the walking and cycling trails.

Time in car: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Time via train: 1 hours, 30 minutes

Where to stay: set in the centre of New Forest, Burley Manor looks across a deer sanctuary, with wild ponies and cattle also hanging out along the ancient paths you can access from the Manor’s doorstep.