The New Forest covers 144 square miles of unspoiled heath and woodland where ponies, donkeys, deer and cattle still roam freely. It is best explored by bike or on foot. Beaulieu is home to the National Motor Museum and a stately home of monastic origins. Picture-postcard villages include Burley, Brockenhurst and maritime Buckler's Hard. The area's attractive little 'capital' Lyndhurst is home to the New Forest Museum and Visitor Centre.