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)

The Solent Way

Having completed the Itchen Way (30 miles in 4 stages), my next walk is the Solent Way (60 miles in 8 stages), starting at Milford-on-Sea and ending at Emsworth.

  1. Milford-on-Sea to Lymington (9 miles) (walked July 2019)
  2. Lymington to Beaulieu (10 miles)
  3. Beaulieu to Hythe (6 miles)
  4. Hythe to Hamble (7 miles)
  5. Hamble to Lee On Solent (7 miles)
  6. Lee On Solent to Portsmouth (6 miles)
  7. Portsmouth to Hilsea (7 miles)
  8. Hilsea to Emsworth (8 miles)