The Beaulieu is a wonderfully attractive, tidal river tucked away in the New Forest Park. This trail is for the more experienced paddler.
Note: This is a tidal trail. Check tide times befor you set out. The harbour master will provide you wit a map and tide table when you pay your launch fee.
Points of interest
- A - Setting off from Bucklers Hard, turn right, down the river. You pass salt pans and various historic boat building ares. Take care especially around the Harbour and stay our of the main channel in so far as possible.
- B - On your right after about 2km, is the base for the Royal Southampton Yacht Club- Ginn's Farm.
- C - After the next stretch you reach Needs Ore Point, home of Beaulieu River Sailing club. The river then tracks to the left, down towards Lepe Beach. You will notice the MIllennium Beacon on your left, which helps guide boats on and off the river.
- D - Pass Gull Island, a spit, home to a colony of black headed gulls and other rare birds. Do not land here, this is a highly sensitive conservation area.
- E - Reach Lepe Beach, on your left, as you exit the river. At low tide Lepe can be very muddy. Lepe Beach has great views over to the Isle of Wight.
- F - Rest and explore at Lepe Beach before heading back to your start point at Bucklers Hard.