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Burley – a hidden New Forest gem

A few miles of the A31 towards Bournemouth lies Burley – a picturesque village perhaps archetypical of those that you would expect to find in the idyllic part of the New Forest. Nestling in the heart of the forest Burley lies between both the heathland and forest and as such is a popular target for walkers and cyclists alike.


Burley has a long history, mentioned in the Doomsday book and these days has tearooms and shops selling nick knacks and local crafts. For New Forest animal spotters – Burley is a delight with New Forest Ponies, donkeys and cattle roaming free throughout the village.

During the 1950′s, Sybil Leek, a self confessed white which resided in Burley, and some of shops in village pay homage to this with many gifts offering a friendly twist on witch themes

When the weather offers a good day – park the car behind the White Hart inn and enjoy a walk towards the Burley Manor – during the summer take a tractor ride to see the deer and on return enjoy a hearty lunch at one of the village pubs.

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