The western Solent and the River Beaulieu are quite accessible from Chicklade and provide a plethora of things to do. Beaulieu is host to the National Motor Museum, with a fascinating collection of motor vehicles including many historic F1 cars. Not far away is Buckler’s Hard, a historic shipbuilding village and museum.

Lepe Country Park, on the banks of the Solent, has lovely walks along the coast – and out into the water on sand spits, depending on tidal conditions – as well as the interesting remains of some of the D-Day preparations, including the place where many of the Mulberry Floating Harbour pontoons were created. A little further along is Calshott Castle, a coastal defence fort constructed by Henry VIII, which was also the venue for several crucial Schneider Trophy seaplane races in the late twenties and early thirties.

Distance 47 miles


From The Old Rectory (A) to The Solent (B)

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