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Alresford - Attractive market town between Winchester and Alton with broad street leading down to large dammed lake on the Itchen. Many pubs and good range of local shops. Terminus for the Mid Hampshire 'Watercress' steam Railway. Nearby attraction: eccentric mansion built like a Greek temple, The Grange.

Bordon - Bordon is a small country town on the north-east edge of Hampshire. Although the area has been populated back to the Bronze Age, the town developed mainly as a result of the War Office’s purchase of training land in the area in the 1860s. Today the military aspect of Bordon still dominates the town, but the civilian population is constantly growing.

Shops in the town run from the edge of the A325 Farnham to Petersfield road down to the Forest Centre, a small shopping centre. Adjacent to this is the Forest Community Centre, which provides a range of services to the local residents. Also popular in the town is the Phoenix Arts Centre, which has theatre groups for all ages and regularly hosts plays.

One does not have to go far to reach the countryside. As well as the military land surrounding Bordon, there is the Deadwater Valley area, and Alice Holt Forest is only a short drive away. Equally, popular local attractions like Birdworld and Hollycombe Steam Fair are within a few miles, and the coast is only half an hour away.

Brockenhurst - Brockenhurst, meaning Badgers Wood, is a secluded residential village situated to the south of Hampshire in the heart of the New Forest. Surrounded by beautiful English countryside it is characterised by a number of thatched cottages and other attractive homes.

The town's Church is built on an old mound and contains excellent specimens of early Norman architecture. Within its graveyard is a huge Yew tree which is thought to be over one thousand years old. A famous 20th century snake catcher named Busher Mills is said to be buried here.

Brockenhurst offers much to its residents and visitors who enjoy its notoriety as the cycle centre of Hampshire. Nearby there are a number of attractions, which include Beaulieu Abbey and Museum.

Eastleigh - Large former railway town between Southampton and Winchester. Large airport, Southampton International. Museum on local history. Large country park by the River Itchen. Chandlers Ford adjoining prosperous suburb of Southampton. Nearby is Sir George Hillier Gardens and Arboretum.

Emsworth - Small port on the Hampshire-Sussex border. Pleasant shopping centre and local walks on the coast including part of the Solent Way (which runs the entire length of the Hampshire Coast).

Hayling Island - Hayling Island is a popular south coast holiday spot, with long stretches of shingle beach. Home to around 17,000 residents, it is a traditional seaside resort and has remained relatively unspoilt. With ample parking and areas for picnicking, it is a great place for a family day out.

If swimming and sunbathing isn’t adventurous enough for you, there is a wide range of watersports available on the island, including windsurfing (which was invented here) and sailing. You can also enjoy some thrilling rides at Funland Amuseument Park, which is sure to be popular with children. At the end of a busy day, you can then relax and enjoy the sunset at one of the many pubs there are on the island.

Hook - Small modern village between Basingstoke and Fleet. Nearby is Odiham Castle from which King John departed to Runnymede to sign the Magna Carta.

Hythe - A Hyth in Old English was a landing place on a river, it is possible that the name was in use as early as the sixth century AD but the first recorded use of the name dates from 1293. The villagers of Hythe were occupied in a mixture of agriculture, fishing and ferrying.

Hythe is steeped in maritime history both ancient and modern. It has witnessed the maiden voyages of many majestic liners from the Titanic in 1912, through the Queen Mary and the Queen Elizabeth in the thirties, to the QE2 and the Oriana.

During the Middle Ages the size of vessels visiting Southampton increased to such an extent that they could not land their cargoes directly onto the quays. They anchored in the river and the boatmen of Hythe acted as lightermen, transferring the goods from ship to quay. By the late 1750s Hythe already had a thriving shipbuilding yard run by George Wadmore. William, Mark & John Richards continued the family tradition and built small vessels for the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Period.

After a major reconstruction of the yard Hubert Scott-Paine founded a company for the construction of a revolutionary design of powerboats, called the British Power Boat Company. Hythe became the home of the "little ships" of the Royal Navy, the Motor Torpedo Boats and the RAF Air/Sea Rescue Boats of World War II. In 1960, The Hovercraft Development Company and Sir Christopher Cockerel, its founder, moved to Hythe. Design and testing were carried out at The Grove in St John Street. Sir Christopher Cockerill, still lives in the village.

Hythe’s most famous resident TE Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) lived in Hythe whilst helping to test the RAF200 Series powerboats. Hythe has a busy shopping center.

Lee-on-the-Solent - Hampshire seaside resort between Southampton and Gosport. Nearby attractions include fine bird reserve at Titchfield Haven and the Submarine Museum at Gosport.

Liphook - Liphook is a small country town near the Hampshire/Surrey border. Once a famous coaching stop on the journey from London to Portsmouth, the main (A3) road has now been diverted from the centre of the town, making it more pedestrian-friendly.

Like many towns across the country, it was following the arrival of the railway station that Liphook really began to grow. A wide selection of shops now stretch from what was the old centre of the town to the station, and there is a range of pubs and restaurants to choose from.

There are some great places to visit in the area too. Bohunt Manor Gardens include a woodland garden with an attractive lake which has a large population of waterfowl. Just outside the town is Hollycombe Steam Fair, a collection of working, steam-powered attractions which include a merry-go-round and a big wheel.

In addition, there are many opportunities for sporting activities around the town. There are two golf courses – Liphook and Old Thorns, as well as the facilities of Bohunt Centre.

Liss - This country village is situated in east Hampshire. King Alfred the Great created an Abbas here in 900AD, which had a strong influence over life in the village until its dissolution in the 1500s. The village grew slowly over the following centuries, but the arrival of the railway saw its size increase, and it is now popular with commuters, as it rests on the main line between London and Portsmouth.

There is some lovely countryside in the area. The Longmoor Military Railway used to have a track down to Liss, which has now been taken up, leaving an attractive place to walk. There is also Woolmer Forest - which is home to many birds, amphibians and insects. Just outside the village is Greatham Mill Garden, a beautiful garden developed around the River Rother. Liss is not far from the market towns of Petersfield and Alton.

Lymington - Situated on the fringe of the New Forest, Lymington overlooks the salt marshes which border the Solent. A port for many centuries, ferries still run from here to the Isle of Wight. Once dependent upon salt production, the town is now a popular yachting centre.

This attractive market town makes a great base for exploring the New Forest, but its coastal situation means there are many opportunities for watersports in the area. If you would like to find out about the history of Lymington and its surrounds first, pay a visit to St Barbe Museum, and then experience some history first hand with a visit to Hurst Castle. If you fancy something a little different, stop by Lymington Vineyard, and learn about growing wine in this country.

Lyndhurst - Lyndhurst is one of the two main towns in the New Forest. Called the “Capital” of the forest, it is one of the more popular bases for exploring the area, something which is reflected by the range of accommodation on offer. The New Forest Museum can be found here, with lots of displays about the history of this part of Hampshire. The museum is also home to a Visitor Centre which carries information about the New Forest.

Aside from the delights of the forest, there are a number of places of interest in and around the town. Lyndhurst itself is an attractive place, with a fine church. The New Forest Otter, Owl and Wildlife Park is in nearby Longdown, and here you can see many species of otter, owl and other wildlife. A stone’s throw away is Longdown Dairy Farm, where visitors can see and interact with farm animals.

New Milton - New Milton has grown from the villages of Ashley, Barton and Milton. Situated to the south of the New Forest near the coast, the area is well-known for the Barton fossil beds, and its vicinity to Bournemouth and to the forest has made it a popular place with tourists. It has a good range of shops, and there are a number of pubs and cafés to choose from.

New Milton is home to the Forest Arts Centre, where events ranging from film screenings to concerts occur on a regular basis. There is also an excellent motorcycle museum here, with over 200 motorbikes on display.

Southsea - Part of Portsmouth. Holiday resort with funfair, sealife aquarium, pier. The anchor of the Victory" is on the front. View of the Isle of Wight and frequent channel ferries, naval ships etc. D-Day Museum and Tudor Southsea Castle. Large common separates most of promenade from hotels. Nearby is the Royal Marines Museum.

Stockbridge - Small town on the road from Winchester to Salisbury. On the Test River, with fine selection of pubs, hotels, food and antique shops. Famous for the local trout fishing. Nearby attractions are Danebury Iron Age Hillfort and the Museum of Army Flying.

Tadley - Modern town developed from old village. Close to Aldermaston nuclear laboratories across county border in Berkshire. Village has a traditional industry, brush making which still continues.

Tidworth - Army Base on the Hampshire and Wiltshire borders on eastern end of Salisbury Plain. Nearby is Ludgershall Castle (English Heritage).

Totton - Totton is part of the parish of Totton and Eling, and is situated near the coastal city of Southampton. This growing town is on the outskirts of the New Forest, and there are a number of interesting attractions in the vicinity. Totton and Eling Heritage Centre explores the history of the area, and is next to Eling Tide Mill, which demonstrates how tidal power was used to mill grain.

Aside from countryside (Totton is at one end of the 46 mile Test Way walk) and coastal walks, there are lots of ways to keep fit and have fun. West Totton Centre has squash and badminton courts, and there are floodlit sport pitches available at Calmore Communtity Centre.

Whitchurch - Small north Hampshire town on the upper part of the Test, to the west of Basingstoke. Contains a working preserved silk mill, which is open to the public. To the north are the Downs and countryside used as a setting for the book Watership Down.

Yateley - North Hampshire village mainly occupied by commuters. Large heathland common (country park) to south of village, while to north is the Blackwater Valley with many former gravel pits landscaped for fishing and watersports.

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