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  1. Default New Forest area - easy paddles with children

    Hi, going down to Bransgore near the New Forest over summer and considering taking the canoe.
    Are there any suggestions for paddles in the local area that aren't too strenuous as will have a child or two in tow?
    I am completely unfamiliar with the area other than having a look around on google maps, not too far from Christchurch by the looks of things.
    Any suggestions gratefully received.

    Many thanks.

  2. Default did you come up with anything

    Hi Jazzhands,

    we're in the 'same boat' if you like?

    we're heading that way next week and would love to hear where you ended up having a family kayak/canoe session.



  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Ringwood South Coast


    Your nearest two spots will be Christchurch Harbour and Keyhaven. At Keyhaven you can park on Saltgrass Lane and paddle over to Hurst Castle. Christchurch either put in at Mudeford Quay [keep away from the run on the ebb unless you're experienced] and paddle around the harbour or up river to Christchurch Quay and beyond, or put in at Wick Ferry which is more central, the tides may determine which one suits you.
    Hope the weather's good for you!

    " Never knowingly under equipped! "

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Keynsham near Bristol

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2007


    A bit further afield, the Beaulieu River, Poole Harbour (get in at Lake, SY984905) or River Frome at Wareham.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    New Forest

    Default Keyhaven

    Launch at Keyhaven and paddle behind the 'spit'. Sheltered and easy launching at high water on the minor road that loops rounf from keyhaven back up to Milford on sea
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2010
    new forest, Hampshire

    Cool Easy paddles

    I live in the New Forest and used to live in Christchurch and althoughy newish to canoeing used to sail.

    i would suggest the following

    Beaulieu River - Head towards Bucklers Hard and take entrance down to marina (signposted berth holders only) if you pass the hotel you have gone too far. Gate will automatically open as you drive towards it. follow road down and park in car park and then walk through the boat yard to the harbour masters office.

    Very nice people, for 5 you can park all day, and they give you access to the marina toilets and showers. You can even drive your car round to the dinghy park to unload but have to drive back and park in main car park.

    You have two choices up river or down and i guess that depends on your timing and the tides. We did up river the other day on a rising tide very plesent easy paddle to Beaulieu itself where you can get out.

    Christchurch gets very busy at the weekends and not many of the boats stick to the 4 knots speed limit. But if there is not much wind you can put in at Mudeford Quay (harbour side ) and paddle up river as far at the second bridge. Need to watch your tides otherwise it will be hard work. For a shorter paddle you can put in at Christchrch quay near the rowing club there is a slipway with parking, and go up river. be aware rights of access run out at second road bridge.

    Keyhaven - very nice also but as with most places along this coast very tidal and very muddy when tide out.

    Hope you have a lovely time.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2006


    I'd concur with the last post. Take a camera and binoculars, the wildlife is great. There are nice cafes in Beaulieu for luch, take a chain for the boat.

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