Ringwood (Rockford) to Linwood (Red Shoot Inn)
This short journey starts at Rockford, just outside of Ringwood in Hampshire.
The public school, Moyles Court is located nearby and it is a very pleasant area to go for walks into the open expanses of the New Forest or just sit by the slow running stream located at the crossroads.
Travelling east along narrow carriageways, you are reminded that horses and other wildlife roam free throughout the New Forest National Park and as such could be stood in the middle of the road around any bend, so extreme caution is required at all times when driving.
When the road starts opening out to provide a clear view of the surrounding countryside you can really appreciate the diversity of the landscape. It also becomes easier to drive through and appreciated the views as any hazards can now be seen in advance.
Once you approach the Red Shoot Inn at Linwood, you find there is plenty of parking provided and also a campsite right next door to the pub, which is very packed during the height of the tourist season. They provide good service, great food, drink, live music and also have a micro-brewery on site when low volume batches of beer is produced.
PLEASE NOTE: The New Forest is protected in many ways to preserve the natural environment and its wildlife and is governed by a maximum speed limit of 40 miles per hour on most of the roads throughout the area.
Links: Red Shoot Inn - for more information click here