Fordingbridge, Hampshire

Fordingbridge is much like any other small country town in Hampshire, in that the days and nights tick by peacefully and people go about their business as they do. It’s known as The Gateway to the New Forest, so obviously, a good starting point for a day’s exploring; otherwise have a look about, take a stroll around, along the riverbank and over the medieval seven arched bridge that spans the Avon.

If you go to the town museum you can find out about Fordingbridge’s darker history and in particular, Captain Diamond, the Smuggler King who spent a lot of time roundabouts. The town also has the claim to fame that the last man to die in a duel in England is buried in the churchyard!

If you fancy stopping for a bite to eat try The George, right on the waterside, The Rose and Thistle, or for good Italian fare, La Lambretta. Worth seeing nearby are Rockborne Roman Villa and Braemore House.

All information correct at the time of writing

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