History at Holmsley, New Forest

Holmsley Inclosure is not just a brilliant place for a walk or bike ride, it also has a fascinating history as a former WW2 RAF base. Many airfields were built in the New Forest during the war and Holmsley South is one of the biggest, with 3 runways, 2 hangers and many support buildings. Holmsley Campsite now uses many of the tracks and aircraft bays and the old runways are still visible.

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Family Fun

Holmsley offers plently for all the family from excellent mountain biking, forest walks, streams to splash in and plenty of open areas for a run around. Little ones can make use of some of the old airfield tracks to scoot or ride and biggers ones can exlplore the gravel tracks with plenty of hills for an exciting bike ride! Unless you are already staying at the campsite the car park at Holmsley campsite is pretty small so can get very busy. Although there is another Holmsley car park to the North of the inclosure that you can also try, and from here you can access the old railway line. It's only a short walk from here to Holmsley Tea Room in the Old Station House - the perfect place to stop off for a cream tea!

Where to stay

Of course the closest place to stay is Holmsley Campsite but if you don't have your own tent or caravan then not too far away is Shorefield Park in Milford on Sea or Sandhills Holiday Park in Mudeford, Christchurch, both parks offer superb facilities, luxury lodges and caravans to rent.