fordingbridge river
Barton on Sea coastline
barton on sea
Beaulieu sign
visit beaulieu
highland cattle brockenhurst
find the highland cattle in brockenhurst
Burley Village
become spellbound by burley
fordingbridge view from the river
visit fordingbridge
view from hythe looking at cruise ships
watch the cruise ships from hythe
lymington cobbled street and shops
explore the cobbled streets of lymington
lyndhurst boltons bench
boltons bench lyndhurst
milford on sea village green
milford on sea village green
new milton shops
go shopping in new milton
furlong shopping sign ringwood
go shopping in ringwood
view of sway tower
find sway tower


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.