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A pretty town on the banks of the River Avon with a rich history

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Views over to the Great Bridge

Situated on the banks of the River Avon, Fordingbridge is located on the western edge of the New Forest, and is a popular town from which to explore the National Park.

Fordingbridge has a rich history and was even recorded in the Domesday Book, meaning its origins go back almost a thousand years. The town’s main landmark, the Great Bridge, dates back to the medieval period, and is a distinctive structure thanks to its seven graceful arches – cross it and you will come to the peaceful Riverside Park. Pottery, textiles and brickmaking were all trades that Fordingbridge once played a part in, while the town is also notable for its smuggling past. The ‘Smuggler King’, the infamous Captain Diamond, spent much of his life in the town, staying at one of the hostelries. At the town museum you can find out all about the people of Fordingbridge through the ages, and a statue of painter Augustus John, who lived in the town, also stands at Riverside Place.

The surrounding New Forest

Even more local history can be seen at the town’s parish church of St Mary. Built in 1150, a number of Norman characteristics can be seen in its architecture. Take a short drive south of the village to Breamore church to discover a building dating back to the times of the Saxons. Alderholt Mill can also be found close by, where a mill has been established on the site since the 14th century. It still produces flour today, and you can even purchase cream teas and freshly baked bread at the mill made from their own flour.

A few miles to the north-west is another unique attraction, the Rockbourne Roman Villa. Excavations here have revealed the remains of one of the largest Roman villages in the region, with many of the artefacts found on display at the museum.

Fordingbridge offers not only a rich history but plenty of wonderful walks. The New Forest is right on the town’s doorstep, while the Avon Valley Path also comes through the town. Stretching from the cathedral city of Salisbury down to Christchurch on the Dorset coast, the Avon Valley Path follows the River Avon for 34 miles.

“The town’s main landmark, the Great Bridge, is a distinctive structure thanks to its seven graceful arches…”

If you’re looking to dine out during your time in Fordingbridge, you won’t be short of options. The George is an 18th-century pub where visitors can dine in the waterside conservatory and enjoy gastropub-style food, while Surma Valley offers something more exotic with its wide choice of Indian dishes.

Explore the town’s history and scenery from our Fordingbridge cottages – take a look at our collection to get inspired!

While you’re there

Avon Valley Path

A 34-mile-long path following the River Avon that passes through the town

Alderholt Mill

A fully working flour mill selling freshly baked goods on-site

The Great Bridge

A beautiful medieval bridge distinctive with its seven bold arches

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