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.
PostcodeSO42 7ZN - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Beaulieu River Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Beaulieu River Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Beaulieu River OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Beaulieu River Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
At the end of the walk reward yourself with some refreshments at The Master Builder's. The main draw here is the Riverview Restaurant terrace where you can sit outside and enjoy views of over the river and countryside. The hotel also has an interesting maritime history dating back to 1729 when it was built. The most famous tenant was Henry Adams, the Master Builder of ships for Nelson’s Navy, including three of the ships which fought at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Inside there's an olde worlde feel with oak beams and big open fireplaces. You can find them in the village at a postcode of SO42 7XB for your sat navs.
The river and woodland trails make for a pleasant walk with your dog. The Master Builder's mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
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.
For more walking ideas in the area see the New Forest Walks page.