Last week, the children and I walked the round trip from Beaulieu to Buckler's Hard and back. Taking us the grand total of three hours I suspect it would take those not walking with a 4 and 5 year old around an hour and half. I took my camera along and took some photos that I'd like to share, underneath them are the directions if you'd like to walk it too. Firstly park in Beaulieu car park, being a very quaint village the signpost isn't glaringly obvious, a simple white and black sign from the main road next to the amazing Beaulieu garage which stocks classic cars and is always a delight to walk past. The car park is a Pay & Display affair, reasonably priced, however if you have a New Forest Parking Clock you can park free for up to three hours. From the car park take the path by the Pay and Display ticket machine (stopping to use the public loos if you need to) and walk past the tea room on the left to the roadside. Cross straight over and walk between the houses, there's a path there and you'll come to gate, go through and walk past the park on the left until you see the sign above. The pathway is well signed from this point on.
The walk in interesting and varied and eventually you'll reach a fork in the path where you have two choices; walk via the riverside path or take the quick, direct path. We enjoyed walking along the riverside on the way there and the direct route on the return to the car.
Stop to admire how 'the other half live' across on the banks of the other side of the river in the super expensive millionaires houses and have a little five minute daydream of buying one should you win the lottery.
The walk is a mixture of forest path and wooden walkways, great for children who like to pretend to be trains or trip trapping over a bridge.
Nose as you walk past the Boatyard, you are nearly there...
Stop to admire the views and boat-spot (Kitty loved any boat with flags on).
Past the pretty thatched Duke's Bath House...
And you arrive at Buckler's Hard, an 18th century shipbuilding hamlet situated on the bank of the Beaulieu River.
Maybe stop if you are hungry and grab a bite to eat from The Master Builders inn or a cheeky pint if you are feeling thirsty.
Failing that slurp on a bottle of water, eat your picnic and climb and anchor!
On your walk back take five to visit the Hide.
"You need to be really quiet and look very hard mummy"
And just before you reach the car park, stop off for a play in the super Lottery Funded playground.
A lovely walk suitable for all, please note though buggys and bicycles won't make it round the Riverside Walk route x