You are looking out over Beaulieu River towards the Tidal Mill, Pond and Beaulieu Village. The pond on the other side of the sluice gates was excavated by the monks. They also built a dam across the Beaulieu River to power their tidal mill, which was used to grind corn. The sluice gates under the bridge still help to control the level and flow of water into the Mill Pond.
The Beaulieu River gave the monks direct access to the sea and the abbot had exclusive rights over the river and the foreshore. These rights are still held by Lord Montagu.
Beaulieu River Hampshire.