Beaulieu to Bucklers Hard and back, beside the Beaulieu River

Beautiful Beaulieu River and Bucklers Hard Riverside Walk

Beaulieu River

Distance approx 4 miles there and back

The land you'll be walking is just off the “Forest” in the sense of open heath and woodland, it's privately owned by the Beaulieu Estate and there are few public rights of way.  But this walk open to all is level and straightforward.  It also follows a trail through maritime history, alongside one of the most beautiful and relatively unspoilt estuaries in the whole of England!

About the Beaulieu River

About Bucklers Hard


  1. Start:  Beaulieu Village car park.  Walk along to the main street along the gravel path.  Turn left.
  2. Just after the Montagu Arms, turn right down a signposted footpath, past the fire station and continue on to a stile.
  3. Cross the stile and follow the path straight on, over the fields to a small creek.
  4. Go through the barrier, follow the creek inland, then cross it and pass through Jarvis’s Copse.  Pass through the barrier and follow the left-hand field boundary to Bailey’s Hard.
  5. At the cottage cross the stile into Bailey’s Hard.  Bear right on the drive and after about 100 yards/ 90 metres on a sharp right hand bend cut off left along the footpath.  Cross the footbridge and continue to the river, following the clear path eventually to a junction wtih a gravel track.
  6. Turn left and continue around the back of the marina to the car park.  Turn left on the footpath signposted for Buckler’s Hard.
  7. Return through the same car park and pick up the path once more behind the marina as far as the next car park.  This time continue straight along the gravel track to Bailey’s Hard and retrace the outward route back to Beaulieu.



Beaulieu River and Bucklers Hard

Thanks to the 1988 Bartholomew book Walk the New Forest by Jill Brown and David Skelhon to which reference was made for the walking instructions for this walk, well known and much loved by locals and visitors alike. 

And thanks to the wonderful In the Frame Highcliffe for use of these fabulous aerial images.


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