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Why Hampshire is a Haven for Outdoor Pursuits

Hampshire is undoubtedly one of the UK's most desirable counties for those looking to relocate to an area with no shortage of outdoor pursuits. With one Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, two National Parks, and hundreds of miles of coastline, it's a hugely attractive prospect. This wealth of natural beauty also comes in a fairly compact space, meaning you're never far away from a new experience in the great British outdoors.

The New Forest is perhaps Hampshire's most famous area, and one of the more recent areas to be granted National Park status. It boasts woodland, heathland and beautiful coastal scenery, along with numerous picturesque towns and villages. It's the perfect place for any kind of walk or ramble, with plenty of natural beauty to appreciate along the way.

The South Downs National Park is similarly blessed with rolling English countryside, and is best enjoyed on the South Downs Way. This hilly route is ideal for walkers and mountain-bikers alike, and stretches for 100 miles starting in Winchester, and ending all the way in Eastbourne. Perfect for those looking for a little adventure. The nearby Edenbrook Village development is perfectly situated within distance of the national park and other surrounding beauty spots.

The North Wessex Downs offers spectacular views - this fairly open area has plentiful walks and other outdoor pursuits, but it's the picturesque nature of the landscape that makes it truly special.

And finally, there's the wonderful Hampshire coastline. This varied stretch of the county includes everything from rugged and rocky cliffs, perfect for a bracing autumnal walk, to well-kept beaches that are a real summertime treat. There really is something for everyone here if you adore the great outdoors. The forthcoming Royal Clarence Marina development in Gosport, sits on the waterfront itself and will boast amazing views of the bay. If the waterside is not for you then another forth-coming development, Hartland Village, is in the heart of the Hampshire countryside and is ideal for exploring the woodland, including amazing views of the surrounding nature.