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The Children of the New Forest was written during Marryat's years of retirement in Norfolk, and it was his last novel published during his lifetime.Marryat would sometimes travel to Hampshire to stay at his brother George's country house, Chewton Glen (now a five star hotel), on the edge of the New Forest.It is set in the time of the English Civil War and the Commonwealth.The story follows the fortunes of the four Beverley children who are orphaned during the war, and hide from their Roundhead oppressors in the shelter of the New Forest where they learn to live off the land.Under Armitage's guidance, the children adapt from an aristocratic lifestyle to that of simple foresters.After Armitage's death, Edward takes charge and the children develop and expand the farmstead, aided by the entrepreneurial spirit of the younger brother Humphrey.The New Forest ponies are one of the park’s most popular attractions, and although they’re wild they’ll often get close enough to visiting humans for them to get some fantastic photos.
If you’ve seen the film Robin Hood Prince of Thieves you’ll already be familiar with the dappled canopy of trees and quintessential English woodland that comprise the national park, and the landscape’s been thoughtfully criss crossed with cycle routes and hiking trails that showcase the sights to its energetic visitors.
Imagine 10,000ha of gorgeous heathlands, the highest concentration of ancient trees in Western Europe, rolling hills, valleys and coastlines.
New Forest camping entails a truly back to nature experience, where fences are almost non-existent and animals and the natural features of the land are offered up right next to pitches.
His sisters are sent away to be brought up as aristocratic ladies and his brother continues to live in the New Forest.
Edward learns that Patience does, in fact, love him, and that Heatherstone had acquired the Arnwood estate for Edward, but he works as a mercenary soldier in exile until the Restoration when they are reunited.