Want to visit Beaulieu this weekend? Then use our guide to ensure you get the most out of the experience
As part of our brand new WEEKENDER series, this month we bring you Beaulieu.
For utter seclusion within splashing distance of the Solent, a weekend in Beaulieu is hard to beat. There are only a few places on the south coast where you can find real tranquillity, peace and natural beauty, and Beaulieu is one of those few.
As you enter from the Solent, there are two channels, one cutting through Gull Island and the other coming from the east. Unless on springs high tide, it’s best to approach from the east as Gull Island dries out and is poorly marked.
You can choose from a visitor berth at Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour or piled pontoons and mooring buoys in the river. Call the harbourmaster on 01590 616200.
Diesel is available at Buckler’s Hard until 7pm in summer and until sunset in winter at a rate of £1.46 per litre.
Electricity is £2 extra and anchored craft will need to pay £5.50 to use facilities. There
is a slipway available, with prices starting at £12 for boats under 16ft, going up to £18 for boats up to 26ft, and a crane will allow for larger vessels, with prices on request. Car parking is £5 and a scrubbing grid is also on offer at £25 for the first tide and £19.50 for subsequent tides.
Admiralty Charts 5600, 2036 and 2021; Imray C3, C15, 220.
For the full feature see the September 2013 issue of MBM.