The New Forest has been named the best National Park in Europe.

The title was awarded to the ancient forest at the 2022 Traveller’s Choice Awards, held by Trip Advisor. The New Forest came top in the ‘Outdoor Enthusiasts’ category for Europe, beating other beautiful destinations in the process, including second placed Snowdonia National Park and Italy’s Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park. 

A pony in the New Forest
A pony in the New Forest – image credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The UK was also represented twice more in the top ten, with the Peak District National Park and Dartmoor National Park finishing sixth and seventh respectively. 

As well as being crowned the finest in Europe, the New Forest was also named the tenth best in the world, beating famous places including Banff National Park in Alberta and the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Snowdonia finished hot on the New Forest’s heels, in 11th place. You can find the full list here.

The New Forest makes an ideal touring destination for motorhome owners. The ancient green space is a beautiful area to explore, with ponies, cattle and deer all wandering around the Hampshire setting.

If you’re looking for the ideal place to head to on your next tour, our guide to the best motorhome sites and best campervan sites will help you – we share top destinations for you to head to from across the UK.

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