The town of LYNDHURST is of most interest for its access to the New Forest. The New Forest Museum and Visitor Centre (daily 10am–5pm; £3; Tel:023/8028 2269, Web: www.thenewforest.co.uk ) focuses on the history, wildlife and industries of the forest. AA Bike Hire (Tel:023/8028 3349) rents bikes.
The New Forest's most visited site, the Rufus Stone, stands three miles northwest of Lyndhurst. Erected in 1745, it marks the putative spot where the Conqueror's son and heir, William II – aka William Rufus after his ruddy complexion – was killed by a crossbow bolt in 1100.