Burley is a popular, quintessential New Forest village in the south west of the National Park. It’s something of a centre for New Forest visitors with tea rooms, gift and sweet shops and horses, donkeys and cattle roaming the streets. Burley was on the old smugglers’ route between Lymington and Ringwood where they used to stop off at the Queen’s Head pub where some of their booty was squirrelled away in the cellar! Families are well catered for with spacious holiday cottages available in the area, and there’s a YHA for groups or budget travellers. Stabling is available at many establishments and most also accept dogs. Browse accommodation choice in Burley below and book online or direct.
Burley has also been associated with witches. The latest was in the 1950s when a self-confessed white witch, Sybil Leek, lived in Burley. The village has retained its old world charm and is surrounded by forest and heathland for you to explore. There are some particularly ancient oak trees known by unusual names like the ancient oaks at Burley Lodge called "The Twelve Apostles" and the "Wilverley Oak" which was used to hang highwaymen and smugglers in the eighteenth century.
Things to Do & Outdoor Activities
Burley is well placed for exploring the New Forest and for a range of activities. Just to the north east of the village is Wilverley Plain which includes Wilverley Inclosure first fenced in 1775. The Forestry Commission have marked out a two mile trail that takes you around this area between Burley and Brockenhurst. Horse riding is a traditional and popular way of experiencing the Trail. Burley Manor Riding Stables provide lessons or you can book New Forest rides that last for one or two hours.
Alternatively you can hire bikes at New Forest Cycling based in Burley. They can advise on routes suitable for all ages and abilities including the nearby Old Railway Line that runs to Brockenhurst passing tearooms on the way. There are also off-road trails such as The Woodland Trail that takes you up to the Amberwood enclosure away from the hustle and bustle of the village. If you’d like a guided tour check out the New Forest Safari rides at Burley Park. You can either book private Land Rover Safaris for groups or pick up a public New Forest Deer Safari by tractor and trailer. Rides run throughout the summer and take you around Burley Park to see the private herd of red deer. Burley also has an excellent 9 hole golf course which takes full advantage of the heathland habitat of the New Forest. You’ll find it just outside the village, fringed by a mix of woodland and heathland. The course was established in 1905 and today extends a warm welcome to visitors.
Getting Here & Where to Stay
Chocolate box village Burley is easily reached from the west via the A35, or from the north via the A31. Arrive in style on the New Forest Open Top Tour Bus which runs regularly around the National Park across the summer season stopping at Burley, Brockenhurst and other key locations around The New Forest. Burley with its many gift shops, restaurants, cafes and tearooms is a popular place to stay in the New Forest. Accommodation choice includes a variety of options from budget B&B hostels to luxury B&Bs with beauty treatments available in-house. Stay in a traditional log cabin or opt for a friendly country house hotel on the edge of the village with stunning gardens, an indoor pool and sauna. Browse places to stay in and around Burley and plan your New Forest getaway.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.