Beaulieu to Bucklers Hard Walk

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6.9 km
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57 m
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Beaulieu to Bucklers Hard Walk

This walk from Beaulieu to Bucklers Hard and back is a straightforward stroll along the Beaulieu River, connecting two charming New Forest communities. Starting from Beaulieu, walk southeast along a well-established path that runs parallel to the river. Bucklers Hard has plenty of captivating maritime history to explore before heading back northwest to Beaulieu.

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Route Description for Beaulieu to Bucklers Hard Walk

From the central car park, set off on a path that cuts east across High Street. This curves around the left boundary of an open field before reaching a road. Turn right and follow the road as it quickly becomes a track bearing southeast towards the Beaulieu River. The path cuts through Jarvis’s Copse before crossing an open area and heading back into the woods. You’ll soon see a footpath branching off to the left. If it’s open, this is an alternative route to take for a closer look at the river. Otherwise, continue through the forest on the footpath.

The path brings you out to Keeping Marsh, a great spot to stop and take in the views of the Beaulieu River. Turn right to follow the path south into Bucklers Hard. This hamlet was once a notable shipbuilding community, with multiple Royal Navy vessels constructed here. The maritime museum pays homage to this bustling period in its history. When you’re ready to return, simply retrace your steps to follow the footpath back upriver towards Beaulieu.

Insider Hints for Beaulieu to Bucklers Hard Walk

  • In case you want to explore Buckler's Hard and the surrounding area, consider staying at The Master Builder's House Hotel, situated right on the scenic Beulieu River Bend.

Getting to the Beaulieu to Bucklers Hard Walk Trailhead

To start the Beaulieu to Bucklers Hard walk, head for the center of Beaulieu. A central car park can be accessed via Palace Lane, just south of the Mill Dam.

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    Yes - On Leash

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    Out and back

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