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)

Hurst Point, near Lymington

On our last day in Lymington we took a short drive to Keyhaven to get the small ferry to Hurst Point and Hurst Castle. It’s a fabulous short boat trip and on landing one can enjoy visiting the castle or just wandering around the spit which is just ¾ mile from the Isle of Wight.

Travelling by boat

The best bit about travelling to a destination by boat is the travelling by boat! However I’ve never experienced a rough boat trip, so it may not always be the case. The first of our voyages during our 48 hours in Lymington was the round trip to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight.

Lymington at the end of the day

By choosing to process the raw image files rather than allowing the camera to do it for you, getting the light right can be difficult at the best of time, and the evening light is even harder. Usually I end up doing what takes my fancy, without too much consideration for whether it looks like it actually was when I took the picture. The picture of the yacht is a case in point – the light was nothing like that!

Lymington

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Hurst Castle from 2 miles away, taken from the IOW ferry to Yarmouth
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Ferry between Lymington and Yarmouth, IOW
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Lymington on a scorching (30 degrees plus) day
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Lymington coastal path at end of day
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Lymington marina at the end of day
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Lymington marina at the end of day

 

Lymington to Keyhaven coastal walk

Many times we’ve walked along the coastal path between Lymington and Keyhaven. This time the weather was fine, but sadly the tide was out, so we saw mainly mud rather than water. Birds and twichers will always be found on the nature reserve which is next to this stretch of the coastal path.

This map [http://www.lymington.org/naturereserve2.html] shows the area.

At Keyhaven there is a pub, a car park and public toilets. There is also the wonderful ferry service to the glorious Hurst Castle, though not in the winter.