Wild Thelwellian ponies, roaming swine, ancient woodland ... at times, it’s easy to imagine the New Forest in a Medieval time warp. Founded by William the Conqueror, its shady oak and beech canopies spread out in a sea of green, the only interruption an occasional thatched cottage. Its leafy floor hosts an abundance of mushrooms, while its streams fizz with trout. To top it off, those porkers “pannage” on acorns, an almost obsolete practice, akin to producing Jabugo’s pata negra (jamon iberico.) Here’s where from the local larder.
How to get there: London Waterloo to Brockenhurst is one hour, 32 minutes by train. It’s approximately 85 miles and just over two hours by car.Read More