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Things to do in LymingtonThings to do in Lymington

There is an abundance of things to do in and around Lymington.  You will never be bored as there is so much to do and see!

When I go away for a couple of days I really appreciate it if my host knows the area in detail and can give the little ‘gems’ to visit as time is very limited.  Nothing is worse than arriving at a new destination and ending up missing all the good bits!  It does happen!  Then to your horror on the last day you find all those fabulous things to do and….guess what….no time left to do them as our on your way home!  Many times I have been asked what is there to do in the New Forest?  We are so beautifully placed here in Lymington with a National Park, the Solent, the Isle Wight and the stunning beaches.  Of course for the shoppers and historians, Bournemouth, Salisbury, Winchester and Southampton just a stones throw away.

New Forest Bike Hire Visit the New Forest cycle hire centre, based in the traditional and unspoilt village of Burley. Enjoy a healthy, active day out on one of our New Forest cycle routes, with rides for all ages and abilities and free parking nearby.

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Saturday see our very diverse and bustling market running from one end of Lymington High Street to the other. Selling everything from antiques, local food, china, plants, clothes  and many more things.  A must do if your visiting Lymington on a Saturday.  We have a delightful selection of independent shops stocking a large variety of goodies for you to purchase. You can wile a couple of hours away just enjoying the atmosphere of Lymington itself.

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There are endless walks, to mention just a few, a stroll along the sea wall from Lymington to Keyhaven.  With breathing taking views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight.  Lepe beach near Exbury with it’s rock pools and unspoiled beaches will entertain the children and adults alike. Below I have outlined 3 beautiful Walks that you can easily do whilst staying with us here at Leyland Boutique Country House.

1) The Pub WalkWalks in Lymington

Starting at Leyland Country House, turn right out of the property and head downwards in to the protected area which is part of Nature England. About 1000 meters on the left hand side is a lay by. You will see an opening and path that will lead you down to the most stunning area of Lymington River in the reed marshes. By following the river along you can see rare wildlife that inhabits these waters and occasionally if very lucky, an otter! Follow the river along till you come to a bridge. Here you go straight on up a bridle path. At the end of the path you turn left and head towards The Red Lion Pub, where Amanda and her team will greet you with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. A delicious lunch or a refreshing drink in the midst of the New Forest will set you up for your return journey back to either Lymington or back the way you came to Leyland Country House.

2) The Sea Wall Walk

Lymington MarshesHead out of Leyland Country House gates and turn left. Go over the river and take the first left over the railway crossing. You will go past Lymington Town Railway Station keep going straight. When you reach the end of the road turn left and you will come out by the Quay and The Ship Pub. Carry straight on with the Quay on your left, go past Berthons and the Band stand. You will see the Royal Sailing Club in front of you and to the right, by the Sea Baths is the sea wall path. This goes from Lymington to Keyhaven and is about 5 miles long. On a very clear day you will have amazing views of the Solent and Isle of Wight. Very worthwhile and a stunning and popular walk. The Marine Café is newly opened and very stylish and modern, serving refreshments, lunches and supper whilst you look over the sea. You can return back to Lymington Quay instead and relax outside The Ship if you wish to take in the view. Lots of people feed the ducks or have a go at crabbing, this is the perfect place. The Ship is highly recommended for a spot of tea and coffee or a pub lunch or supper. Run by Chris, Kerry, Adam and Vikki you will be well looked after!

3) The Picnic Walk
New Forest Picnic

Why not order a picnic basket from Leyland Country House and have a long, languishing picnic in the New Forest... more >

Turn left out of Leyland Country House and follow the road all the way along, keeping left at the fork by Southlands School. You will go past Spinner Gardens (open to the public) then you will come to a T –junction. Here is the traditional village of Pilley. If you turn left you can go down to the Red Lion. Or you can turn right towards The Fleur De Lys pub heading towards the forest. As you go past the pub on your right and over a cattle grid you will see a fork in the road, take the left hand side and this will lead you to the open forest with breath taking views and the new forest ponies! A most wonderful experience as it is true tranquility…. No cars, people just one with nature and its simple and natural ways.

Things to do in LymingtonThe Surrounding Area

We have Beaulieau Motor Museum detailing motoring from the dawn of motoring  to the present day.  Also,  whilst in Beaulieau , The Palace House is one of the 10 most magnificent Palaces and castles in England.  Next door you can visit and see how life was for the Cistercian monks who founded the Beaulieau Abbey in 1204.  Hiring a bike or walking from Beaulieau to Bucklers hard is not to be missed either. Exbury gardens offers  one of the largest collections of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellians and rare trees in the South.  The steam narrow gauge railway runs around the gardens and is a beautiful way of seeing the gardens in their full bloom.

Why not visit the very famous Hurst Castle.  You can walk to it from the Milford on sea spit right out to the castle.  You can see where Charles 1 was imprisoned before taken to London to be executed.  Milford on sea has some lovely little shops and every year hosts  the Milford Music festival.  This is held in July.

Always popular is the Isle of Wight.  Being so close, just a little boat trip across the water, either by ferry or our very own ‘Puffin’ owned by Gary, you can view the many delights of the Isle from the sea.  Bursting with things to do from the 2nd world war bunkers,  Alum bay’s coloured sands, Ventnor and it’s evidence of our previous Victorian ancestors, the famous Cowes with the racing in August along with Yarmonth’s Gaffers gastronomic events this is to name but a few things to door all from Lymington! Not forgetting of course the Isle of Wight music festival in June always delivers an amazing time for all ages.

Longdown Dairy Farm


  • Longdown Activity Farm, Ashurst
  • Paultons Park, Ower
  • Alice in Wonderland, Hurn
  • Moors Valley, Ringwood
  • Owl and Otter Sanctuary, Ashurst

So much to do and of course we must not forget about the cycling, horse riding, sailing and water sports that are on offer too... 

Here at Leyland Country House we are ideally set up for groups, cyclists, walkers, sailing teams, horse riding, cricket, power boat, wedding groups and family groups. more>

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