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Visit the gateway to the New Forest

Settled on the banks of the River Avon, the small country town of Fordingbridge sits on the northern border of the New Forest, a sprawling national park known for its native ponies and kid-friendly forest walks. Fordingbridge's proximity to the Forest makes it a must-stay for visitors to the area, but there's plenty to see in Fordingbridge itself, too, including the medieval 7-arch Great Bridge.

A town steeped in history

Built from the collection of John Shering, who accumulated over 9,000 artefacts in his attic over 30 years, this fantastic local museum is a must-visit. Visit to see the special exhibition on the works of local artist Augustus John, as well as a complete Victorian dollhouse. If that's not enough history for you, visit Breamore House. This stunning manor was occupied for over 400 years, and now, you can retrace the steps of its former occupants with a tour of the house and gardens, including the Tudor-style bedrooms and a collection of 17th century paintings.

Join the Avon Valley Walk

Stretching across Avon Valley from Salisbury to Christchurch Priory and crossing through Fordingbridge, this walking trail is a must-do while you're in the area. Follow the path to Downton to visit the oldest town on the trail, complete with a Norman castle or walk to Ringwood, a historic market town close to Dorset. Looking for accommodation in Fordingbridge? Situated at the centre of the New Forest, Travelodge Stoney Cross Lyndhurst Hotel is the perfect base for exploring the countryside, while Travelodge Ringwood Hotel places you close to Bournemouth.