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Beaulieu River, Hampshire

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The Beaulieu River winds itself through wooded countryside past the 18th century shipbuilding village of Buckler’s Hard, before joining the West Solent at Lepe.

It was at Buckler’s Hard that wooden ships for the English Fleet were built, including Nelson‘s favourite, the 64-gun Agamemnon.

Anchoring is permitted in the first reach up to Needs Oar Point but stay clear of the fairway and beware the strong stream. The river is navigable two miles above Buckler’s Hard but it’s best explored by dinghy.

Watch out for
Anchoring is prohibited one mile either side of Buckler’s Hard

Great for
Swotting up on Britain’s shipbuilding past

Local tip
A speed limit of 5 knots is applied and there’s a small fee for anchoring

Beaulieu River Hampshire map | Top 25 Anchorages: The South | Motor Boats Monthly |

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  2. 2. Newton Creek, Isle of Wight
  3. 3. Beaulieu River, Hampshire
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