New Forest Ponies

Within the New Forest lies an expansive expanse of unenclosed pasture land, heathland, and forest, representing one of the most extensive remaining habitats of its kind. Roaming freely through this enchanting landscape are the wild New Forest ponies, their tranquil nature lending them an aura of majesty that truly captivates the beholder. Observing these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat is an awe-inspiring experience to behold.

Where the Ponies Run Free

If you’re looking for the perfect base from which to explore this stunning part of the world, The Mayflower Inn is a cosy, welcoming pub that is near to many of the sights and landmarks that Bournemouth has to offer.

We have 6 stylish boutique bedrooms with super comfy beds and stunning bathrooms, as well as fresh, seasonal produce and delicious Butcombe beer on tap.

A Brief Overview Of New Forest Ponies

New Forest ponies have a long and storied history, with their roots dating back centuries. They are believed to be descendants of ancient Celtic ponies that roamed the British Isles. Over the centuries, they have been influenced by various horse and pony breeds, resulting in the distinct characteristics seen today.

These ponies are not only a symbol of the New Forest but also an integral part of its ecosystem and cultural heritage. Their hardy nature, adaptability, and gentle temperament have made them beloved by equestrians and conservationists alike.


We are approximately 25 minutes south of the New Forest in Lymington. Please use this address:

The Mayflower
King’s Saltern Road
SO41 3QD