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To and from the Isle of Wight, distant 12 miles, steamers run from and arrive at the Koyal Pier five or six times each way daily.
Six miles distant by rail is the entrance to the New Forest, "the largest tract of unenclosed land," says a handbook just published, " and one of the finest examples of woodland scenery in England." This handbook, which includes a map, gives abundant instructions to travellers for seeing the Forest. Those who being on the line of railway have only a day to spare may book to Brockenhurst, and walk thence to Lyndhurst, 4 miles, and thence to Lyndhurst-road station, 3 miles. A pleasanter way is- to pass through Butts lawn, by the Queen's Bower Wood, to "Vinney ridge, and thence to Lyndhurst, either through Knyghtwood (the preferable course if the woods are to be seen) or by way of the Christchurcli-road.
Winchester, the cradle of our civilisation and the place of sepulture of our Saxon kings, is 12 miles distant from Southampton by railway. A mile from that city, at St. Cross, a dole of bread and ale is given, as of old, to every wayfarer asking for it.
Four miles from Winchester, 8 from Southampton, and between 2 and 3 miles from the Chandler's Ford railway station is Hursley, the vicarage of John Keble, the church built out of the proceeds of the Christian Year.
Romsey (Lord Palmerston's seat) with its fine Abbey of Norman and Early English work, is 8 miles distant; and Salisbury 24 miles, both to be reached by railway.
Christchurch and Bournemouth are also within easy distance of the town.
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