Buckler’s Hard – 2 ½ miles walk from campsite
Buckler’s Hard originally was the birthplace of many British naval vessels, including many of Nelson’s Fleet, using the timber sourced from the New Forest. The master shipbuilder Henry Adams was responsible for building many famous ships during the 18th and 19th centuries at the “Hard”, some of which fought at the Battle of Trafalgar. More recent naval history involved the river being a base for many of the landing craft used for the Normandy invasion during the 2nd World War in 1944.
One of the best pubs in the area is at the end of this meadering walk, aptly named the Master Builders Pub, serving local ale and in the summer you can enjoy a family BBQ in the gardens overlooking the river. There is a naval musuem, boat rides, and the high street unbelievably still has a gravel track giving it a rural atmosphere to the hamlet town.