Canoeing on wide calm river

Watersports in the New Forest

Overview

According to the official Bournemouth website, no area in Europe has such a wide range of watersports in such a condensed area as Bournemouth and Poole! Sailing, kayaking, power-boating and jet-skiing are among the activities on offer. The Boscombe Surf Reef in Bournemouth is Europe’s first artificial surf reef. You can try water skiing and wake-boarding at the New Forest Water Park, as well as banana rides and tyre rides. Kayaking on the Beaulieu River is also popular and has had great reviews from previous guests. When you’re ready to swap countryside for coast, take the Blue Route bus to Milford-on-Sea to go swimming from the shingle beach, relax in seafront cafés or walk along dramatic coastal cliffs.

What makes it special

  • A wide range of water sports

Hostels nearby

Watersports in the New Forest

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Map references

OS Map: 195 & 196, and Explorer OL22

OS Grid Ref: SU260086

Lat/Lng: 50.876524, -1.6314631

Contact information

Other things to do nearby

Cycling in forest

Cycling in the New Forest

There are over a hundred miles of way-marked cycle routes in the New Forest which offer safe cycling for all the family (maps are available at the hostel).

New Forest

New Forest Tour

See the New Forest National Park like never before! Enjoy grandstand views on an exhilarating, open-top ride through pretty villages and magical landscapes, passing wandering ponies.

Horse riding in New Forest

Brockenhurst Riding Stables

Your ride will take you out into the New Forest Country Park to take in the wonderful views and see wild ponies and other animals that live in the forest. Visit the Brockenhurst Riding Stables webs

Forest Leisure Cycling

Forest Leisure Cycling

0.1 miles Just 5 minutes walk from the YHA and situated in the traditional village of Burley. We recommend Forest Leisure Cycling for cycle hire, repairs and cycling accessories.

Liberty's Owl, Raptor and Reptile Centre

Liberty's Owl, Raptor and Reptile Centre

6 miles Home to a large collection of birds of prey and reptiles. Watch the birds flying free and reptiles up close during the spectacular displays. Visit the website  

New Forest Water Park

New Forest Water Park

Set in 50 acres of beautiful countryside, the park is a great place to try waterskiing, wakeboarding or you the inflatable banana and tyre rides.

Beaulieu

Beaulieu

There's lots to enjoy at Beaulieu including the world famous National Motor Museum, Palace House, World of Top Gear and the James Bond Exhibition.

Bucker's Hard cottages in New Forest

Buckler's Hard

Discover the important role that Buckler’s Hard played in Britain’s shipbuilding history.

Fort Victoria Country Park

Fort Victoria Country Park

One of the best vantage points for watching boats, the park has an aquarium & a reptilarium, history of the Sea museum, model railway, and observatory & planetarium. Visit the Fort's&n

Yarmouth Harbour

Yarmouth Harbour

3 miles A lovely seaside harbour, great for boat watching and all things nautical, with cafes and restaurants to while away the day. Visit the website  

cycling

Cycling in Brighstone

Cycle around the whole island in a day on the Round the Island cycle route. The route is clearly marked and will give you plenty of time to enjoy the stunning scenery that the island has to offer.

Yarmouth, near Totland Bay Beach

Totland Bay beach

Great for anyone who enjoys a quiet relaxing time on the beach or wants an easy walk along the promenade to Colwell Bay. Visit the website

Headon Warren at sunset, near Totland

Cycling in Totland

There are plenty of good cycle routes marked on the island. Cycle around the island in a day or two or even three or four.

Watersports

Watersports in Totland

Totland Bay and Freshwater Bay provide surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding and coasteering. Colwell Bay is great for kite surfing and at Compton Bay you can go surfing.

Walking a dog along a coastal path

Walking and Rambling in Totland

The hostel is surrounded by National Trust land and footpaths galore. Footpaths go north to Yarmouth, south to Lord Alfred Tennyson's Monument on the Tennyson Trail, east to Freshwater Bay and west