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Parkhurst Forest

 

Parkhurst Forest is a small settlement next to an enchanting woodland of the same name on the Isle of Wight. It is just two and a half miles west of the county town of the island, Newport, which lies in the northern central part of the Isle of Wight, and is a wonderful area to stay in or visit if you are keen on spotting rare wildlife and being immersed in nature.

greater spotted woodpecker found in Parkhurst Forest isle of WightPartly a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its ancient woodland, Parkhurst Forest is the second largest forest on the Isle of Wight and is open to the public, where rambles and picnics can be taken beneath the soaring trees and where an array of exciting wildlife can be spotted. Creatures living in the forest include the rare red squirrel, which is one of the last populations of this animal in England. Also have a look out for birds such as the long eared owl and the great spotted woodpecker, both of which reside in Parkhurst Forest. A few people have complained about the lack of way-marked trails in the forest. It might be worth taking a map or a GPS for walkers to prevent getting lost.

Renting a self-catering log cabin or a family cottage in Parkhurst Forest is a great way to experience this stunning and natural part of the Isle of Wight, and you will be able to explore the forest on a daily basis, as well as being very nearby to one of the most populous and thriving towns on the island, Newport.

 

Places to visit near Parkhurst Forest

The capital of the Isle of Wight, Newport, is only about three miles from Parkhurst Forest, making the town easily accessible. There is plenty to do in this exciting area, including a visit to the harbour, where you can dreamily watch the boats sail by on the River Medina. There are also lots of little shops and boutiques to browse through, and lovely cafes and restaurants to sample some of the best food on the Isle of Wight!

One attraction that is worth seeing in Newport, for those who love all marine life and all things nautical, is the Classic Boat Museum. Housing a wonderful collection of sailing boats dating from the 1800s, the museum also has displays of artefacts and photographs, providing a detailed insight into this industry which plays a big part in life on the Isle of Wight.

The Museum of Island History is also great to have a look in if you are in Newport, as it offers information on all you will need to know about the history of the island, which dates all the way back to the age of the dinosaurs!

Carisbrooke and the castle are also withing a short drive of Parkhurst Forest.

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