Buckler's Hard is about two miles from Beaulieu and is one of the few places where you can approach the banks of the River Beaulieu.
Little more than the hard and two rows of cottages, Buckler's Hard is basically an 18th century village that has not developed. Or at least not until its recent reincarnation as a tourist attraction.
It sprang up as a ship building centre and it was here that some of the ships of Nelson's fleet were built, using timbers grown for the purpose in the forest. However with the coming of railways and the move to iron, the trade moved away, and the village was left almost untouched.
There is the the inevitable "Buckler's Hard Story" to be seen, as well as river cruises and a woodland walk. Check the Buckler's Hard website for opening times etc. You can also stay in the village in the former Master Builders House which is now a hotel.