Solent Way (part 1) Milford on Sea to Lymington

Yesterday I walked the first leg of the Solent Way, the stretch from Milford on Sea to Lymington. I tend to dawdle and stop for photographs, so the 8 miles or so took about 4 hours.

Transport went smoothly – a train from London to Brockenhurst and another onto Lymington, followed by the X1 bus to Milford on Sea, and then the return journey after the walk.

I’ve done most of this part of the Solent Way several times over recent years, so it’s very familiar. It’s a flat walk on good surfaces, though the long, shingle walk along Hurst Spit demands a bit more effort. I couldn’t face the walk back along the Spit so I caught the little ferry to Keyhaven, missing out a short section of the Solent Way.

The beach at Milford on Sea. (That’s the Isle of Wight and the Needles in the distance)

At the start of Hurst Spit

Hurst Castle is at the end of the Spit and where there is a ferry to Keyhaven


The ferry (£3.50) avoids the long walk back down the shingle spit!
That’s Hurst Castle and the Spit in the distance, and beyond that the Isle of Wight and the Needles
It’s an ideal walk for cycling!

The yachts at Lymington can be seen in the distance
Lymington boats
Just time for an ice cream before heading home (It’s not only grandchildren who can have these treats)

The 8 Solent Way walks:

  • Walk 1: Milford on Sea ⇒ Lymington (9 miles) (✓ 4th July 2019)
  • Walk 2: Lymington ⇒ Beaulieu (10 miles)
  • Walk 3: Beaulieu ⇒ Hythe (6 miles)
  • Walk 4: Hythe ⇒ Hamble (7 miles)
  • Walk 5: Hamble ⇒ Lee On Solent (7 miles)
  • Walk 6: Lee on Solent ⇒ Portsmouth (6 miles)
  • Walk 7: Portsmouth ⇒ Hilsea (7 miles)
  • Walk 8: Hilsea ⇒ Emsworth (8 miles)

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