England - New Forest National Park

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At New Forest National Park we let ourselves drift. The roads are lined with signs informing us about free-roaming horses. The ponies and larger horses just stand around everywhere. Sometimes they run across the meadow in good Wild West style, sometimes they just graze the lush green.

We want to spend a few days here, hike, immerse ourselves in nature and process the impressions of the last few days. We take a break in Lyndhurst, stroll through the small town and start looking for a campsite nearby.

But we didn't count on the national park: there are no overnight campsites. Only campsites that we either don't like, would overstretch our budget or are simply fully booked. 

So we stop a few times at small car parks and wander into the woods there, thinking about what to do instead. We don't want to stand freely without permission. We think it's stupid to be woken up at night, and we don't want to contribute to the reputation that "the vanlifers" simply ignore the rules. 

So we enjoy the beautiful little national park until the evening hours and then roll south to the coast, where we find a place that suits our needs.

We will stay here for a few days, we promise.

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News #1
On 24 June we will give a talk about our trip in the van in Konolfingen, Bern, Switzerland. All info and the possibility to Registration here. We look forward to seeing you!

News #2
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Rachel Hirt
Rachel Hirt
7 months ago

I love your reports and pictures. 🥰

7 months ago

These photos have a lot of atmosphere. Thank you.