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Local Places to Visit



   There are many footpaths giving access to the local country side.  Many go through or are bordered by woods which are full primroses and bluebells in spring and early summer.  The bridleway footpaths from Sandleheath or Alderholt Mill to Damerham church are well worth the effort early in the year when the churchyard is full of snowdrops.

 In addition to the extensive areas of the New Forest to the East there is easy access to the network of paths along Ashford Water and the Avon Valley Way.  A useful site showing some local walks is at

Rockbourne Roman Villa

To the north of Sandleheath is the picturesque village of Rockbourne, which is home to the remains of the largest Roman villa in the area and houses a modern museum.

Alderholt Mill

At the Southern edge of the village is Alderholt Mill which is still used to produce flour. Demonstrations and teas are available at weekends from Easter to September.
Owned by Sandra & Richard Harte on 01425 653130 for B & B bookings

Martin Down
National Nature Reserve. One of the largest area of chalk grassland in the country, supporting a wide variety of downland flowers, plus butterflies and birds, including the skylark.
Tel: 01725 517700

Fordingbridge Museum
A country town museum with a fascinating collection of artefacts, wall to ceiling photographs and exhibition shops.

Open: Week before Easter to end of October - 11am to 4pm (Closed Sundays except bank holiday weekends)     
Tel:  01425 655222  (You are advised to check opening times before visiting)

May or may not be free entrance.

Augustus John
A statue near the Avon bridge (opposite the George Inn) commemorates Augustus John, the famous portrait artist who lived in the town from 1927 to 1961.

His house is off  Fryern Court Road.  Now a private house.

Avonway Community Association
(on the corner of the road to Fordingbridge main car park)
Around 50 Clubs and Societies hire rooms here. You name it, we got it.
It also has a Computer Suite administered by Adult Learning which is part of Brockenhurst College.   01425 472224 for information.
Visit  website  for details of activities available.

Fordingbridge Riverside Park
Paddling pool, skate park, children's playground and fishing. Fun for all the family.

New Forest Water Park
Great family fun. Waterski, Jetski, banana or tyre ride. Clubhouse overlooking the lake. Booking advisable.
Open: April - November
Tel: 01425 656868 telephone for detailed opening times.

The Studio Pottery
(Godshill Cross)
Hand thrown, glazed pottery, individually painted. Wide variety, including unusual designs e.g. fuddling cups.
Commemorative ware a speciality.
Tel: 01425 653150

Also visit the Fordingbridge website at: