TOUR OF NEW FOREST
An early start on a bright August morning saw 44 London Plant Region
Associates gather once again at the usual pick up point for the long journey
down to the New Forest. Traffic en route was very good and the first stop
was Cadnam to pick up our guide Diana for the day. About 2 miles from
picking her up the traffic was queuing heavily for the entrance to Paultons
Park which is famed for being Peppa Pig World. Unfortunately this added
a bit of time to our journey, however once she had hopped on board we
headed a few miles further to the Wyevale Garden Centre where all
enjoyed a morning coffee and a piece of cake.
Heading off after the break we enjoyed a short tour of the New Forest
seeing some of the interesting sights, which included a stop at All Saints
Church in Minstead where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is buried. There is always
a pipe left by the headstone every day. (See picture).
Back on the coach once again for a short journey to the Forest Lodge Hotel in Lyndhurst for our pre ordered 2 course lunches to be obtained.
Following lunch we continued with the tour visiting an area in the forest
renowned for deer. (See picture) We were not disappointed.
A stop in Beaulieu for afternoon tea was next on the agenda. With its many tea
rooms to choose from options were plentiful. New Forest ponies meandered around some of the tables, Very rural.
The last part of the day was to take Diana back to her pick up point and all
thanked her for an excellent tour and commentary.
The journey home was very good to us with no delays and on leaving the coach
the general comment was “another excellent day” and our driver Scott was
thanked by all.