The Area

Picturesque Mudeford quay with its old buildings, lobster pots, cafe, pub and fresh fish stall is set in a spectacular location. Christchurch harbour on one side and the open sea on the other with views of the Isle of Wight. It has an intriguing history of smuggling over centuries and still has an active fishing fleet. There is short ferry crossing all day to the traffic free Mudeford sandbank and Hengistbury Head. Along the sand spit are the most sought after beach huts in Britain, sandy beaches. a restaurant/cafe and  coastal nature walks. Ferry trips run along Christchurch harbour and to the famous Needles at the Isle of Wight. Sea fishing trips are also available. The ideal sailing conditions of Christchurch harbour have made it the choice for the 2012 olympics training venue.

A historic market town found near the edge of the New Forest and just a few miles from Bournemouth with it's 7 miles of golden sands. Uniquely situated on the shores of it's own harbour where the river Stour and Avon meet. Christchurch town is bustling with shops,theatre, cafes,pubs and restaurants including Gary Rhode's at Avonmouth hotel. Renowned for it's heritage and history, in particular its 11th century Priory church, Norman castle remains and Saxon mill mentioned in the domesday book. At the quayside children can feed the ducks and swans or play in the playground or playing fields. There are tearooms, restaurants, boats for hire or ferry trips to be taken around the beautiful harbour. Christchurch has an excellent programme of events throughout the year including a food festival, carnival, fair, international markets and concerts at the Priory. There are two golf courses, a driving range, leisure centre and swimming pool in Christchurch. During the summer a weekly fireworks display from Bournemouth pier can be seen.

A large national park covering 93,000 acres and over 900 years old where ponies cattle, pigs and wild deer roam freely. Throughout are many pretty villages, traditional pubs serving food and tearooms.The New forest has something for everyone from tranquil to exhilarating! Great for walking, cycling, canoeing and horse riding. There are wildlife sancturies, adventure parks, museums, galleries and gardens to visit. Paulton's theme park with it's log flume ride, dinosaur land and exotic birds and gardens, Beaulieu motor museum and 'Snowtrax' dry ski slope centre with skiing, snowboarding, ski bobbing and ringo's are to name just a few attractions.

Near Stanpit marsh renowned for its constant supply of pure water fed by underground springs. It's water was said to have medicinal virtues especially for the eyes and was hawked around the country as the Christchurch elixir.

A site of special scientific interest covering nearly 130acres looking over Christchurch harbour. Home to many species of birds and animals, over 300 species of plants as well as one of the oldest and few remaining WW II Bailey bridges.

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