Had a triffic weekend in and around the New Forest.Exbury Gardens are well worth a visit.
including a trip on a real scale model steam railway with a most entertaining guard :)
Followed by a v long walk along a v shingle beach to a remarkable fort. Erected by Henry VIII and restored as a sea defence during the world wars.
Along the way, on the landward side of the chesil beach were a number of people partaking in a cross between wind surfing and para gliding. The speeds they reached were amazing as was the hight they achieved once leaving the surface - to twist and turn before landing again on the water.
The fort, once you reached it, was well worth the visit. Including a trip to the little tea shop for a well earned cuppa :-p At one point the fort seems so close to the Isle of Wight you feel you could almost touch it - well at least swim to it, had you not had a cup of tea n a v large slice of cake :)