Fordingbridge

New Forest

Type:Towns & Villages

Fordingbridge Visitor Information Centre, Salisbury Street, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 1AB

Tel: +44 01425 654560

Fordingbridge

About

The town of Fordingbridge was originally known as "Forde" and the "bridge" element of the name was not added until the Avon was first spanned at this point. The Great Bridge, of seven arches, was in existence in 1286 A.D. and possibly earlier.

Once an industrial town and commercial centre, Fordingbridge boasted many trades such as brickmaking, pottery and textiles. It was also noted for its smuggling and the infamous Captain Diamond, the `Smuggler King' spent much of his time here in a local hostelry. The town has developed into a wonderful place for visitors with its beautiful scenery, nature havens, cycleways and welcoming people. The Avon Valley Path, a 34 mile footpath passes through the town and provides a perfect countryside walk.

The Fordingbridge Museum, which houses local history exhibits, and the Visitor Information Centre are located in King's Yard. There is also a Roman villa in the nearby village of Rockbourne, which is open to visitors during the summer.

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Fordingbridge is located inbetween Salisbury to the north and Ringwood to the south on the A338.

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