Fordingbridge, New Forest

A petite waterside town located on the idyllic River Avon, Fordingbridge is an absolutely wonderful destination for those wanting to explore the delights of The New Forest. Filled with friendly faces, surrounding by picturesque countryside and boasting bustling eateries, this peaceful area of Hampshire is a must-visit during your stay in The New Forest.

Step into this welcoming town and be greeted by beautiful countryside views and a whole day of activities and events to enjoy. Situated in the New Forest, there are plenty of walks and bike paths you can enjoy. A popular route is from Salisbury to Christchurch which passes through Fordingbridge and offers lovely views of the River Avon. You can also view the countryside by bike or horseback. Hire bicycles from the charming Hockey’s Farm Shop, which also has cute farm animals to visit, or you can have a go at horse-riding with Arniss Equestrian.

Further afield, you can try something totally new at the New Forest Water Park, from wakeboarding to obstacle courses to kayaking – ideal on a sunny day! For those wanting a gentler pace, you can visit fascinating sites such as Rockbourne Roman Village, only four miles away, and the majestic Breamore House, an Elizabethan Manor which holds a variety of car shows throughout the year. After a day full to the brim with events, you will be needing a pitstop to grab a drink and a bite to eat. Don’t worry! Fordingbridge is full of different pubs and restaurants to sample; from old worldly traditional pubs like the Bat and Ball to quaint tearooms like The Fig Tree Café.

In addition to the plethora of fun activities, Fordingbridge is also famous for its culture and history. Its most iconic landmark is the stunning medieval bridge over the river with its seven sweeping archways – it has captured the heart of many photographers and artists. Speaking of artists, for anyone who is a Terry Pratchett fan, you will sometimes spot local resident Paul Kidby who is renowned for his art based of Pratchett’s popular Discworld series – perfect for any fan!

Whether you’re staying in this picturesque town or just passing through for a visit, there is plenty of things to see and do to make your escape to The New Forest a memorable one.

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