New Forest, Hampshire

This area of southern England was first named as the "New Forest" in the Domesday Book (dated 1086) and appointed as a royal forest by William I some thirteen years later. These days, the area which remains heavily forested is much reduced, with many miles of open heathland which have resulted from the gradual deforestation since the Bronze Age. The New Forest ponies are found all across the area, wandering from grazing place to grazing place and paying little heed to visitors; drivers on the open and largely unmarked small roads in the area have to be constantly vigilant in order to avoid animals which roam freely.

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