The New Forest, which
extends to over 90,000 acres, provides wonderful countryside for cycling, driving, riding, walking and bird-watching, or even
taking a leisurely horse-drawn wagon ride from Burley!. There are many places of interest to visit, such as Lord Montagu’s
Palace and Motor Museum at Beaulieu, the ancient ship building village and museum at Buckler’s Hard, the Isle of Wight
(only 20mins by ferry from Lymington), and several lovely beaches for swimming and sunbathing, or just watching the boats
go by in the Solent. Whatever your interests you will find plenty in the area to enjoy.
At any time of year The
Forest has a special beauty of its own - there is the lush green of spring with the enchanting foals, (and if you are lucky
a glimpse of fawns playing in the dawn or dusk); summer with the seaside, and lovely walks in the Forest or along the riverbank
or coastal walk; autumn with its stunning colours as the leaves turn, or winter when you can benefit from the bracing fresh
air and then enjoy dinner and a drink by a roaring log fire at The Hobler Inn or one of the many characterful old pubs nearby.
A beautiful, Georgian market town, Lymington is situated on
the southern edge of the New Forest, between Southampton and Bournemouth and at the western end of
The town is world renown as a sailing resort; there are two large marinas Berthon and Haven and two sailing clubs RLYC and Lymington Town. Close by the sailing clubs is an open-air seawater bath that
was built in 1833.
Lymington has a number of interesting independent shops including some designer boutiques. On Saturday
a market is held in the High Street, the origins of which probably date back to the 13th century. At the top of the High Street
is the Parish Church, St Thomas Church (circa 1250), from the bottom of the High Street a cobblestone
road leads down to the Old Town Quay, still used as a base by commercial fishing boats.
Lymington is surrounded by
outstanding natural beauty; to the north are the ancient woodlands and heathlands of the New Forest, covering an area of about
145 square miles, and to the south, the Solent and the Isle of Wight, Wightlink operate a car ferry from Lymington to Yarmouth.
are four miles of coastal nature reserve ending at Hurst Spit which has received European and national recognition as a Site
of Special Scientific Interest