Salterns Marsh

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New Forest Pony

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Heathland near Shirley Holms

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Lymington Yacht Haven

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St Nicholas church, Brockenhurst

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Old yew in St Nicholas churchyard

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Brockenhurst Park

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Brockenhurst to Lymington walk

Varied walk on the southern edge of the New Forest through parkland, woods, open heaths and pasture before a contrasting finish past coastal marshes.


This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Updated: Tue, 29-Jan-19

Date # Post
Wed, 02-Aug-17 2

From the Forest to the Sea (Brockenhurst to Lymington)

SWC Walk 226: Brockenhurst to Lymington T=SWC.226

Distance: 11.0 miles or 17.7 km for those more metrically minded

Difficulty: 3 out of 10 for the main walk

Train: Take the 10:05 AM Weymouth train from London Waterloo to arrive at Brockenhurst at 11:37. Return trains from Lymington are at 27 and 57 minutes past the hour until 18:27 and then at 19:03; 19:33, 20:03 and 21:03 – note the connection at Brockenhurst is much better for the return trains leaving at 18:27 or earlier. Buy a day return to Lymington Pier.

I thought it would be good to post this pleasant and varied outing – exploring the southern edge of the New Forest on the way to the charming seaside town of Lymington -- before London Waterloo goes into its summer shutdown…. Also, with any luck, the heather should be starting to come into color during the earlier stretches of the route. Although ending at the seaside, there is no sea swimming available at Lymington – though there are some open air Sea Water Baths. You can find more information about the walk and download the walk instructions here.

The recommended lunch spot is the Hobler Inn (01590 623 944) near Battramsley (3 miles/4.5 km into the walk) which serves food all day. Tea and midafternoon refreshments can be had at the Chequers in Lower Pennington (8 miles/13 km into the walk). Further post walk libations can be had at a number of hostelries in Lymington with the Ship Inn being suggested with a prominent location along the quay.

Enjoy the walk!
Be prepared for one or two overgrown sections in the middle section of this walk, as reported recently on its Comments page.
secateurs packed.... : )
Armed with my secateurs I wondered, as I gazed at the leaden skies from the train window, if I would be the only person on this walk. So, it was nice to see one familiar face emerge from the train into the rain at Brockenhurst making for 2 hardly soles embarking on a journey which at times felt a bit like an assault course. The route started straight forward enough and it was only after a leisurely 2 course lunch (11.95) at the Hobler that things became interesting. First, there was an almost knee deep ford on the heath so off came the shoes and socks. Our dry feet did not last the narrow overgrown section of path (which was not too badly overgrown today (perhaps thanks to Anon's pruning a few weeks ago)) was flooded to mid calf level with no real alternatives but to carry on through the water for 20 meters or so.....Lastly we did encounter some brambles encroaching on the narrow path (passable but requiring some care to negotiate).... After these challenges, it was a pleasant surprise to see a "Gin and Beer Tasting" sign outside of Sadlers Farm. Of course, it was only appropriate to stop one of the out buildings has been converted into a brewery/distillery and we sampled three small batch gins made substantially from ingredients sourced in the New Forest. Thus fortified we continued on to the Chequers Inn for a short break before the final stretch along the marshes. For a change, the forecast proved spot on making for a day (not dissimilar from those encountered in Knoydart years ago) of torrential rain followed by even heavier torrential rain and strong winds until a brief respite along the marshes towards the end allowing some atmospheric glimpses of the Isle of Wight across a turbulent Solent. Arriving at the train station just as the 19:05 was departing we hopped aboard and decided to have dinner in a very convenient and good quality Italian eatery in the car park at the Brockenhurst Station from which is was the 20:15 home. Notwithstanding the conditions and challenges encountered, it was a very enjoyable day out in good company!
Oh, almost forgot...Along the way, we were treated to seeing a doe and two fawns at very close proximity on a field edge and a short time later yet another deer running across a field....

We walked this on 2/8/17
" the narrow overgrown section of path" was extremely flooded, we should have detoured or wore wellies : )
"Lastly we did encounter some brambles encroaching on the narrow path (passable but requiring some care to negotiate).." Wearing shorts, this was a long difficukt and painful section.
""Gin and Beer Tasting" sign outside of Sadlers Farm. " well worth a mention, nice : )

Sat, 09-Jul-16 12

Saturday Third Walk – the New Forest and coastal marshes

Extra Walk 226 – Brockenhurst to Lymington
Length: 17¾ km (11 miles). Toughness: 3/10

10:05 Weymouth train from Waterloo (Clapham Jct 10:12), arriving Brockenhurst at 11:37. Buy a day return to Lymington Pier – £16 with South West Train's offer if you get it before midnight on Friday, but make a careful note of the collection procedure if you book online.

Or take the train an hour earlier: see below.

Trains go from Lymington Pier at 27 & 57 minutes past the hour (two minutes later from the Town station) to Brockenhurst, where you change for Waterloo. The last trains with connections back to London are at 20:27 and 21:27.

Here's another far-flung walk to take advantage of SWT's ticket offer. There should be plenty of interesting fauna and flora to see as you make your way across a varied landscape from the edge of the New Forest to the coastal marshes on the Solent. Lymington is a nice town to explore at the end, and if you've got the energy there's a short optional extension across the river to the Pier station.

One drawback with this walk is that you have to choose between an early or a late pub lunch. A three-hour walk before lunch seems too much after a longish train journey, so I've chosen a train which will get you to the early pub (the Hobler Inn) at around 12.40pm. Even with a stop for tea at the later pub you should still reach Lymington before 5.30pm, a good time for a few pink gins in the yacht club (or fish'n'chips on the quayside) before the journey back.

Early Start option: If you prefer a long walk in the morning (perhaps with a coffee break at the Hobler), take the 09:05 train and carry on to the Chequers for lunch. You should get there at around 1.40pm and you'll end up with more time to explore Lymington at the end of the walk.

You'll need to print the walk directions from the Extra Walk 226 page. If you want to finish earlier, use the document's Walk Map to devise a short cut into Lymington. T=swc.226
no issues with train and cheap fare on offer, what more can I ask for? intend going
12 on this walk with the weather mainly cloudy but warm and humid with a breeze.
A varied and interesting walk, starting of with mainly woodland trails there was even a bit of mud laid on by the walks inspector before lunch at the Hobler Inn. After lunch it got a bit more interesting with one lengthy perimeter circuit of a vast field on a very narrow enclosed and overgrown path leaving a few of us with "walk wounds" of the bramble variety but we all survived. The summer so far has meant vegetation has grown more thickly and quicker than I can remember. We stopped off at the Chequers pub for a "refresher" before the lovely ending on the estuary path with godwits and little egrets spotted.
In Lymington some made their way to the station and others to the pub whilst I gorged on fish and chips on a bench looking over the harbour. Three of us then did the short extension to Lymington pier before trains back to London. An excellent day out and overall an ideal summer walk.
Sat, 04-Apr-15 17 Brockenhurst to Lymington Town
Sat, 04-Oct-14 10 Brockenhurst to Lymington Town