: Bournemouth and Southampton
: Lymington Ferry to the Isle of Wight
: M27 Junction 1 then the A35 to Mudeford
: Mudeford Quay, Avon Beach
: The Nelson which is opposite and serves great food
: The Nelson
Car: not necessary
There’s so much to see and do in Hampshire and Dorset. Most visitor attractions and gardens remain open all year. Cosy pubs offer a warm welcome and there are plenty of hearty meals to be enjoyed in the local restaurants. Walkers can take their pick from coastal paths to peaceful country lanes.. Sports lovers can choose sailing, windsurfing, fishing, horse riding or diving and local leisure centres offer a whole range of options.
The famous seaside resort of Bournemouth, with its gardens, modern shops, fine restaurants, great beaches and its historic pier is nearby.
The New Forest offers a whole range of activities from walks, pony trekking, golf and fishing, not to mention the fantastic scenery. At the coastal edge of the Forest sit Lymington and Beaulieu - famous for it’s motor museum and Palace.
There are the Purbeck Hills and Dorset’s famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast to explore as well as Swanage and the seaside town of Weymouth and Poole. Trains go regularly and directly to Weymouth and Poole.
Mudeford: The picturesque quay with its lobster pots, fishermans’ cottages and inn is still the focal point for the local fishing industry. It’s a great place to watch the fishermen unloading their catch. Mudeford offers beautiful sandy stretches of beach in quiet surroundings with a short ferry from Mudeford taking you to Mudeford Sandbank where there is a safe swimming beach on seaward side; the sheltered harbour shore is sandy.
Avon Beach: Clean sandy beaches, safe swimming, and views to the Isle of Wight. Facilities are excellent, including Avon Beach Café and shop, deck chairs, canoes and beach huts available for hire. Gundimore Promenade links the beach to Mudeford Quay where you can try your hand at crabbing, take a ferry trip to Mudeford Sandbank or simply enjoy the views.
Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve: The 65 hectare site has an unusual combination of habitats including salt-marsh, reed-beds, freshwater marsh, gravel estuarine banks and sandy scrub. The marshes are particularly important for wildlife, with over 300 species of birds and 400 species of plants recorded, many of which are nationally rare or endangered.