Hampshire County Council

Hampshire County Council

January 25, 2010 12:23 ET

Follow in Lord Nelson's Footsteps With Hampshire County Council's Launch of the Nelson Trail

HAMPSHIRE, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - Jan. 25, 2010) -

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To commemorate the anniversary of Nelson's state funeral which took place on 9th January 1806, as part of Hampshire County Council's culture-all campaign, you can now follow in the footsteps of one of Britain's most famous seafarers on the Nelson Trail.

The trail has been introduced as part of the culture-all campaign's 'Defence of the Realm' month activities, to celebrate the historic links of Lord Nelson within the county of Hampshire.

Begin your day at the starting point of Nelson's Trail, Buckler's Hard in the New Forest. Set within the Beaulieu Estate, Buckler's Hard was developed as a thriving shipbuilding village where warships for Nelson's Navy were built, three of which served in the Battle of Trafalgar. Buckler's Hard is also home to The Maritime Museum which gives an insight into the history of the village and the river on which it stands.

Next stop on the trail is two miles outside Portsmouth at the scenic site of Portsdown Hill, where you can visit The Nelson Monument. Designed by John Thomas Groves and completed in 1808 the monument stands 120 feet tall and was constructed to honour Britain's naval glory.

Enjoy a brief stroll to neighbouring Fort Nelson, which overlooks the naval base of Portsmouth and is now home to part of the Royal Armouries, housing their collection of artillery. Fort Nelson is one of series of five forts located on Portsdown Hill, which were constructed to prevent a French land attack scheduled on the dockyard at Portsmouth.

The fort was then reclaimed in 1988, following an act of vandalism, by the Ministry of Defence and subsequently sold to Hampshire County Council, who restored the fort for future use. It then opened its doors to the public in 1995, as part of the Royal Armouries, where it now houses a collection of artillery. The £3.5m lottery funded development to improve facilities at Fort Nelson will dramatically improve public access to the Nelson Monument next year.

Last stop on the trail is the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth, home to some of the most famous British Naval warships including HMS Victory, the Royal Navy's most famous warship. She is the world's oldest commissioned ship and a proud memorial to Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, Britain's greatest naval hero.

Standing proud in her home of No.2 dry dock, HMS Victory built between 1759-1765, offers visitors a fascinating step back in history to be remembered. During the visit to HMS Victory you can see the Great Cabin where the Battle of Trafalgar was planned, the spot where Nelson died and experience the once crowded decks where over 800 men lived, worked and fought.

Other sites to explore during a visit to the Historic Dockyard include the Royal Naval Museum, Mary Rose Museum, HMS Warrior 1860, Action Stations and Trafalgar Sail. You can also experience the coastline from where Nelson set sail, by taking to the water to enjoy a Harbour Tour.

Celebrate Hampshire's defining role within naval history by taking in the sites of the Nelson Trail and participate in Hampshire County Council's Defence of the Realm campaign. Details of the Nelson Trail and a downloadable map can be found on the website www.hants.gov.uk/culture-all. The website will also provide you with more information about the culture-all passport, allowing you and your family free, unlimited access to all Hampshire County Council's paid entry museums, attractions and countryside sites for a year.

Notes to Editors

Culture-all is a Hampshire County Council campaign which celebrates Hampshire's diverse range of attractions, bringing together everything from museums and libraries to country parks and sport.

Culture-all provides a fantastic opportunity to help stimulate the local economy by promoting special events and offers, encouraging residents to spend days out in the exciting and vibrant county of Hampshire.

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