A spontaneous trip to the New Forest, came after nearly getting stuck in the gridlock traffic heading to Swanage. I definitely did not want to be stuck in my car on a beautiful day, no matter how tempting a visit to Old Harry Rocks was.
Driving through the New Forest, we came across this tiny little village, Burley. Horses roam freely in this village, which is a bit strange to see when you’re trying to find a car park and the next moment you have a horse in the road, walking at a leisurely pace in front of you. They’re incredibly friendly and calm, just minding their own business, using the village as their playground.
One thing I learnt from picking up the ‘Burley New Forest’ leaflet is that, witches, smuggling and dragons are a big part of Burley’s character and history. The leaflet goes on to say ‘During the late 1950s a famous “white” witch named Sybil Leek lived here. She was often seen walking around the village in a long, black cloak with her pet jackdaw resting on her shoulder.’ If you do not know what a jackdaw is, don’t worry, neither did I; but it is actually a type of bird, a member of the crow family.
With Sybil Leek being a huge influence on this village, a lot of shops are ‘witch’ based, which all makes sense since I read the leaflet!
Wagon and bus tours are running frequently throughout the summer. The wagon ride offers a leisurely paced journey through the village and woodland, where you will often catch a glimpse of fallow deer. Whilst the bus tour, offers alternative journeys through the New Forest on an open top double decker bus.
As I mentioned before, Burley Village is tiny; So after an hour and a half, we decided to head off to find an uncrowded place to explore. Before leaving, we had to make a purchase of the ‘Burley Fudge‘ which is handmade in the New Forest and absolutely delicious. (Vegan fudge is available too!)
That uncrowded place I mentioned before, turned out to be exactly how I pictured it. Blue skies, thatched houses, summerly green grass and making friends with wild horses.
Thank you New Forest, see you very soon.
Overflow car park – £2.50 all day