So, to begin.
I've posted briefly about Bucklers Hard before, here! But, in summary? It's a beautiful old shipbuilding village on the Beaulieu River. Quiet, serene, idyllic. It also satisfies my inner geek. A number of famous ships were built here. Notably, the Agamemnon, captained by Nelson for around 3 years. She is known for being Nelson's 'favourite ship' and saw service at Trafalgar as part of his weather column.
Also, among many other ships, built at Bucklers Hard were the 'Surprise' but not of Master and Commander fame and the Euryalus, which (albeit for a very brief time period) became the flagship of the fleet under Collingwood after Nelson's death.
The Bucklers Hard Website tells us that
it became a shipyard because of its protected location, tidal access to the sea and the ready supply of timber from the Beaulieu Estate and the surrounding New Forest. It took up to 2,000 loads or 40 acres of 100 year old trees to make one 64 gun ship such as the Agamemnon.
There's also a very nautical gift shop. I spied some amazing Geoff Hunt prints, which I've had my eye on for a while. Unfortunately, what with climbing mountains, I don't have a spare £275 right now!
The Riverside Walk
You can't miss the trail, it's signposted for the entire length and you can take the riverside walk, past the marina, Baileys Hard and through some of the same trees that stood when vessels such as the Agamemnon and Euryalus were built. There is also another path which is flat, gravel and suitable for bicycles, but I'm a sucker for a scenic wander and a chance to look at yachts!
Visit their website here for more information!