Like most of the UK, storm Doris swept across us with full force last week. I felt very sorry for the problems that it caused, and the mess it left behind for people. We were lucky, and it didn’t affect us too much, and we still managed to get out in it for our planned walk. However, I did suggest we avoided the woods!
We took a visit to Deerleap in The New Forest, this just sits on the edge of The New Forest and very easy to get to. However, keep your eyes peeled as it is very easy to miss the entrance to the car park. If you are coming from Totton direction, drive along Deerleap Lane, and keep going until you get to the New Forest Wildlife Park. Right after that on the right-hand side is a little gravel track. I first thought I was going to appear in someones drive as I drove along it, but you will soon see a sign with ‘Deerleap Car Park’ on. With a large car park for plenty of cars.
Deepleap is a large open space that you can walk for miles from, with various different directions and paths to take. Like I said above, we decided it might be the best plan to stay away from the forest, and not venture in with all the trees blowing in the storm!
So we kept walking in a straight line! Coming across lots ponies and cattle, so do be aware if you have a dog with you. Also, you come across the railway line and bridge, so great for a bit of train spotting!
This spot is also great, with lots of steams running through Deerleap, there are plenty of opportunities to paddle in the summer, and not in the middle of a storm! Although our kids like to give it a go, and end up with it all up their leg and then moaning about being wet and cold!
After about 1.5hrs exploring, the wind started to get to us all. Here they are falling into the wind, and letting it hold them up!
We will be back to Deepleap again, and I think it would make a perfect picnic place in the summer. Great big area to play ball, paddle in the streams and a lovely bit of peace and quiet.