This historic Hampshire town is located in the north-western corner of the New Forest. It lies on the banks of the River Avon, which is crossed by the medieval seven-arched Great Bridge. Fordingbridge has a rich history of pottery, textiles and brickmaking, and for smuggling by the infamous Captain Diamond. The town lies close to the Dorset and Wiltshire borders, and 10 miles south of the city of Salisbury. On the doorstep of your holiday cottage in Fordingbridge, New Forest National Park covers 566 square miles of idyllic heaths, woods and river valleys. The land is still grazed by wild ponies, deer and cattle, and there are many trails for walking, cycling and horse-riding. The Avon Valley Walk passes the town, and the former gravel pits at Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve are home to rare wildfowl and dragonflies.
Situated amidst stunning New Forest National Park woodlands and set along a small lake off the River Avon, Riverside Chronicles on the outskirts of the town of Fordingbridge, Hampshire, is a nature lover’s paradise, a pet-friendly cottage with cosy wood-burner, two comfy bedrooms, and glamping pod.
Visitors on self-catering holidays in Fordingbridge are advised to take a stroll along the riverbank, into the town centre. There is a lovely park overlooking the river, with willows, gardens and a bronze statue of the painter Augustus John, who lived in the town. Day fishing permits can be bought from the Riverside Kiosk. At King’s Yard, there is an excellent museum with exhibits on the town’s industrial heritage, and there is an independent cinema on Shaftesbury Street. St Mary’s Church dates back to the 12th century and has fine Norman features. The George is a stroll away from holiday cottages in Fordingbridge, with a patio overlooking the river, Bridges serves excellent coffee and homemade cake, and fresh bread can be bought at Cottage Loaf. The south coast can be reached in roughly half an hour. The port town of Lymington has marinas, sandy beaches and cobbled streets, while the village of Milford on Sea has a shingle shore separated by wooden groynes, and a lighthouse. Liberty’s Owl, Raptor and Reptile Centre is one of the area’s top family attractions, in the neigbouring town of Ringwood.