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Beaulieu River

Beaulieu River

Beaulieu River

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The Beaulieu River, formerly known as the River Exe, is a small river flowing south through the New Forest. The river stretches for 12 miles the last four of which are tidal and navigable to small craft. The river is very unique as the entire waterway has been owned by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu since it was founded in 1724.

The Beaulieu River rises near Lyndhurst in the centre of the New Forest and flows south-easterly across the forest to the small picturesque village of Beaulieu. Below Beaulieu the river passes through the village of Buckler's Hard before entering the sea through the Solent.

The 18th century village of Buckler's Hard was once a significant shipbuilding centre, building many wooden sailing ships, both merchant and naval including warships for Nelson's army. Buckler's Hard is a superb location surrounded by oak woodland within the Beaulieu estate. The Maritime Museum and Buckler's Hard Story give an insight into the history of the village while a trip on the river or walk along the river bank provides an opportunity to take in the wonderful wildlife that populates the area.

Other visitor attractions in the area which are a must include the Beaulieu National Motor Museum and Beaulieu Abbey.