Known as the northern gateway to the New Forest is the riverside town of Fordingbridge. Built on the banks of the River Avon, Fordingbridge was recorded in the Domesday Book. A landmark is the medieval bridge, upstream from the ford, with its seven graceful arches.
Once an industrial town and commercial centre, Fordingbridge was also noted for its smuggling - the infamous Captain Diamond, the ‘Smuggler King', spent much of his time in a local hostelry. These days, the town offers a range of independent shops, pubs and restaurants. Visit the town's museum and the statue of artist Augustus John to learn more about the town's famous former resident.
Stroll across the bridge to Riverside Park and enjoy the beautiful scenery while picnicking or playing a game of boules.
There are nature havens, cycleways and a visit to fascinating Rockbourne Roman Villa is a must.