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
. 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
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