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Blissford, Fordingbridge & The New Forest Local attractions and events

Blissford is a quaint forest hamlet surrounded by woodland and pasture, and Fordingbridge is a larger town just 2 miles to the west on the banks of the River Avon.

The New Forest National Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty and is a wondeful place to relax, explore and enjoy a well earned break.

Originally a royal deer hunting area created by William the Conqueror in 1079. Many of the historic rural practices remain including the pasturing of ponies, cattle, pigs and donkeys on the open Forest.

Guests to Kingfisher Retreat B&B love to explore Blissford and Fordingbridge, but also the nearby towns of Salisbury (16 miles), Lymington (19 miles), Lyndhurst (12 miles), Burley (10 miles), Brockenhurst (15 miles), Christchurch (16 miles), Bournemouth (20 miles), Beaulieu (17 miles), and Bucklars Hard (21 miles)

Contact Chrissy for availability and booking: 01425 654889 or chrissy@kingfisher-retreat.co.uk

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Local Walk & Watering Hole Chrissy recommends...

There is a wonderful 4.5 mile walk from Kingfisher Retreat, across the Forest, to the popular Royal Oak pub at Fritham. The Royal Oak is popular with locals and visitors from far and wide. Guests always enjoy this lovely New Forest walk and a drink at the historic halfway house.

"This is just one of the many routes that Martyn and I frequently walk or cycle across the forest, with a charming cosy pub at the end with beer barrels on stands behind the bar. The atmosphere will go home with you. Step back in time! Wonderful at all times of year. Enjoy the seasons!"

Or you may like to explore the New Forest in one of our vintage cars.

Local New Forest Attractions

New Forest Pubs

Arnis Equestrian Centre

Horse Riding - 1 mile

New Forest Cycle hire

Sandy Balls

Cycle Hire - 1 mile

River Avon Fishing

River Avon Fishing

Fordingbridge Park - 1 mile

Best New Forest Pubs

The Foresters

The Foresters Pub - 1 mile

Things to do in Fordingbridge


Market Town - 1.25 miles

Guided walks in the New Forest

Walking Picnics

New Forest Guided Walks

Golf courses

Golf at The Bell

Golf and Pub - 5 mile

Palace House Beaulieu

Palace House Museum

Beaulieu - 20 miles

New Forest bus tours

New Forest Tours

Forest Bus Tours

Bucklars Hard

Bucklars Hard

Maratime Museum - 23 miles

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Boutique fashion - all ages

the potting shed

Potting Shed