“The New Forest is like Narnia” says Mark Kermode

BBC and Observer film critic Mark Kermode is my new favourite guy. Here he talks about how diverse it is and why it makes such a great location for filming.
“I remember coming down to live in the New Forest and being really struck, because it is like being in Narnia.
At first, you get that thing where you’ve gone through the wardrobe. You walk out on a winters day and there is frost on the grass. You look up and you see the incredible trees. And you think, I have literally gone to Narnia”.
The best thing about the New Forest is that there are so many things in it.
It has breath taking scenery. It’s got wonderful woodlands. It’s got all these different villages, each of which has a very specific character. It’s very near the sea.
It’s 1 and a half hours from London and also has the impression that in the middle of a vast, unexplored open space”. Mark Kermode.
We can’t agree with Mark more. First you’ll find open plains, huge skies and never-ending wild forests. By the coast you’ll find pretty lanes, secret coastlines and sandy beaches.
Still need convincing that this is the place to come and escape? Here are some fabulous pics of our secret New Forest.

Picture by Nic Lucas


Picture by Nic Lucas


Picture by Nic Lucas


Picture by Steve Elson – for his interview – read about Lymington’s famous Postman.


Picture by Nic Lucas


Lovely colours in the autumn sun. Fields towards East Boldre.


Thatched New Forest Cottage

Your own fairytale house: Eat Me Drink Me Cottage. Sleeps 8 people hiding out from all wicked witches.


Dappled forest child walking

Walking in the forest by Heather Cottage.


Pic by Adam Lynk


Watch this 4m video on You Tube about the New Forest