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by , SmarterTravel Staff - April 14, 2008
New Forest ponies, Hampshire, England

New Forest National Park, England

Originally a royal forest created in 1079 by William the Conquer, New Forest National Park was designated a national park in 2005, making it the U.K.'s first national park to be established in nearly 50 years. The status was granted to protect some of Southern England's last remaining tracts of old growth forest, unenclosed pastureland, and heath land that is home to 3,000 free-wandering ponies and five species of deer.

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