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Beaulieu River

Anchoring Cost - £10 per boat (in 2023)

The Beaulieu River is another incredible spot to go and visit. It's understandably a very popular place for boaters yet for some reason this incredibly popular destination manages to retain a feeling of tranquility.

There are signs everywhere regarding the ongoing nature conservation work that's taking place right next to the allocated anchoring area which is between piles 20 and 22 which will be to your port side, as you enter the river.

The holding here is mud and our anchor bit right in first time and we didn't budge an inch all night.

From here we took our dingy up the river to the historic village of 'Bucklers Hard' where you'll find stunning walks, pubs, a museum and more. This is where Nelsons ships were built and launched, which seems incredibly hard to believe when you see how quaint the areas feels, but this tranquil destination was once upon a time a real power house in British navel engineering.

Beaulieu River Anchorage in the new forest

Our Time in Beaulieu River

Beaulieu River Anchorage 

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Hanks Walk in Beaulieu River

5 Fun Facts About Beaulieu River Anchorage

  1. Natural Beauty: Beaulieu River Anchorage is situated on the southern edge of the New Forest National Park in Hampshire, England. The river is renowned for its exceptional natural beauty, characterized by serene and unspoiled surroundings. Lush green forests, salt marshes, and picturesque meadows contribute to its enchanting charm.

  2. Navigational Significance: The Beaulieu River is a tidal river that stretches approximately 9 miles (14.5 kilometers) inland from its mouth at the Solent. The river is a popular destination for boaters, particularly sailors, as it provides a safe and sheltered anchorage during tidal changes and unfavorable weather conditions.

  3. Yachting Haven: Beaulieu River Anchorage is known as one of the premier yachting havens in the UK. The river boasts excellent facilities for boaters, including marinas, moorings, and services such as boat repairs and fuel. It attracts sailing enthusiasts from near and far, who appreciate its tranquil waters and scenic surroundings.

  4. Wildlife Haven: The Beaulieu River and its surrounding estuary are designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Protection Area (SPA). These designations reflect the river's significance as a habitat for a wide range of bird species, including terns, wading birds, and wildfowl. It is also home to diverse marine life, including seals, otters, and various fish species.

  5. Historic Connections: The Beaulieu River has a rich history dating back centuries. The area was once an important trading port and has strong connections to maritime trade, shipbuilding, and smuggling. Today, remnants of this history can be seen in the historic shipbuilding yards and the famous Beaulieu Estate, which includes the picturesque village of Beaulieu and the National Motor Museum.

These facts highlight the natural beauty, navigational significance, ecological importance, and historical connections of Beaulieu River Anchorage. Whether you're a boating enthusiast, a nature lover, or someone interested in history, this area offers a wealth of experiences and attractions to enjoy.

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