Beaulieu to Buckler's Hard River Walk
Enjoy a waterside walk along the Beaulieu River in this easy walk in the New Forest. The walk runs from the pretty village of Beaulieu to Buckler's Hard along a section of the Solent Way long distance footpath. It uses nice flat, waymarked paths and runs for about 2 miles, so 4 miles there and back. There are long woodland sections and a delightful end to the walk at the hamlet of Buckler's Hard. It's a special place with a number of pretty Georgian cottages running down to the river and marina. There's also a fascinating Maritime Museum where you can find out all about this 18th century shipbuilding village and the vessels built for Nelson's Navy.
The area is great for birdwatching so look out for the boardwalks leading to the bird hides as you approach Buckler's Hard. There's great views over the marshes and the sea lavender with a wide variety of coastal birds to see.
If you'd like to continue your waterside walking in the area then you could head to the nearby Hatchet Pond. The pretty pond is located just to the west of the village on Beaulieu Heath.
On the opposite side of the river from Buckler's Hard you will find the splendid Exbury Gardens. There's 200 acres of parkland with a wonderful collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, rare trees and plants.
Continuing west along the Solent Way will take you to the nearby Pylewell Estate where there are some lovely walks along the coast.