YHA New Forest
Cott Lane, Burley, Ringwood, Hampshire, BH24 4BB
That’s not to say the place is lifeless. On the contrary the camping area comes alive on the weekends, when tents sprawl their way around the undesignated spaces and colourful cookwares are spread across the numerous picnic tables peppered around the field for anyone to use. Inside, meanwhile, along with the regular shower, toilet and washing up offerings, you also have the added bonus of full hostel facilities – there’s a kitchen, lounge, Wi-Fi, cycle storage and a drying room.
Comfort seekers can pluck for one of the two glamping options that also take up some of the outdoor space. There are sturdy year-round pods and, during summer, four furnished bell tents pitched on raised wooden decking. They’re certainly the speediest option of you want to simply turn up and head out on your bike without pitching your tent (or if you want to simply head down the pub – the nearest one is right next door!)