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Living in Ringwood
Ringwood is a town on the east back of the River Avon in Hampshire. A cattle market ran until 1989 in the Furlong, which is now home to a Waitrose supermarket, coffee shops and fashion outlets and it features a weekly market in the traditional market place. Ringwood was noted as the second most expensive market town in England in July 2008 with average property prices of over £380,000. The parish includes the hamlets of Poulner, Hangersley, Hightown, Crow, Kingston, and Bisterne. Ringwood is the home of the Ringwood Brewery, which produces a variety of cask ales and runs five pubs in the local area, such as the Inn on the Furlong in Ringwood. Ringwood brewery also produces a variety of wines. The swimming pool, sports hall and exterior scenes of the BBC television comedy series, The Brittas Empire, were filmed at Ringwood Health and Leisure Centre, at the time known as Ringwood Recreation Centre.
Over the River Avon to the north west of Ringwood is the huge Ringwood Forest. This is largely a conifer plantation that was planted over native heathland. Glades within the woodland still contain some heathland habitat. Ringwood Forest is popular for walking, cycling and horseriding. You'll find a host of waymarked trails throughout the woodland. It makes a good family day out, not only for its range of recreation routes including 20 miles of waymarked walking and cycling routes, but there's also an adventure Play Trail which includes a giant ant's nest and spider's web, narrow gauge steam railway, golf course, shop and cafe. There's also a Go Ape tree top ropes course. You can also hire bikes from the shop if you haven't brought your own.
Come rain or shine (preferably shine) there are always loads of new and exciting things to do in Ringwood and The New Forest ? and lots of old favourites too. For the active there's cycling, pony-trekking, rock-climbing and more. For the less adventurous there are some great museums, theatre workshops, art & craft events and more.
The Furlong Shopping Centre has a good choice of high street and designer names and the streets in Ringwood's centre has a good choice of independent shops. It carries on the traditional of having a weekly street market which is held every Wednesday.