Watersports in the New Forest
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
Other things to do nearby
This museum situated in Cowes Library incorporates all aspects of local maritime activity from shipbuilding to sailing.
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.
There are various indoor and outdoor climbing walls in close proximity to the Youth Hostel. For something a little different, why not try tree climbing?
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.
One of the UK’s finest beaches and extensive nature reserve. Enid Blyton lived here, so look for Policeman Plod’s thatched cottage!
The Tennyson Downs walk is an amazing walk with great views across the entire island. Watch out for the rare butterfly resident to the Isle of Wight “the Glanville Fritillary”.
The Tennyson and St Boniface Downs offer some great mountain bike trails.
Go up to Cowes - the home of UK sailing. From here you can do whatever sailing course you want, you can even sail around the whole island!
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
The Isle of Wight is heaven for cycling, both on and off road.
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.
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.
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.
Discover over 750 years of history, including Britain's tallest spire, the world's best preserved original Magna Carta and Europe's oldest working clock.
It’s usual to think of trees when you think of a forest, but the heath land is an equally important landscape in the New Forest National Park.
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).