Visitor Information


Air: The closest airports to the New Forest are Southampton Airport and Bournemouth Airport, providing services from Scotland, the north of England and a selection of European cities.

Train: The local train operator is South West Trains and a train line runs through the New Forest, which will be most convenient for the relay day. The majority of mainline trains stop at Beaulieu Road Station (4 miles from the relay event centre) and Brockenhurst (6.5 miles from the relay event centre). The closest railway station to the individual day is Salisbury (12 miles from the individual event centre).

Coach: National Express serves the New Forest and stops at most of its major towns. The closest stop to the individual event is Ringwood (7 miles) and the closest to the individual event is Brockenhurst (6.5 miles). Megabus stops at Salisbury, Southampton and Bournemouth.

Bus: We can find no options for getting to either of the events by public bus.

Ferry: Ferries from the Isle of Wight dock at Southampton or Lymington. The closest cross-Channel ferry ports are Poole and Portsmouth.

Car: The A31 runs through the New Forest, providing a fast road link to the M27 and M3 to the east and the A35 to the west. It is around 90 minutes from London, 2 and a half hours from Birmingham and 2 hours from Bristol.


The New Forest is a popular tourist venue and as such there are a wide range of options for accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets: camping, group accommodation, bed and breakfast, self-catering properties and hotels. The tourist information website provides a list of accommodation of different types and a booking facility. Further information on accommodation can be found here.

Tourist Attractions.

As England’s newest National Park, the New Forest has something for everyone. The tourist information website has a comprehensive list of attractions and activities and further information is available about outdoor activities on offer here.

Participants and supporters will be able to purchase tickets for Beaulieu Motor Museum, Palace House and Abbey, the location for the relay event, at the discounted rates for groups. The discount is available with a copy of the voucher AND a British Orienteering membership card.