Stage 1: Hurst Point to Lymington — Solent Way
Hiking Highlight (Segment)
Dan Hobson planned a hike.
August 7, 2020
The first stage takes you from one of the mightiest forts in England and winds through a coastal landscape with magical sea views and abundant nature.
Easing you into the itinerary, Stage 1 is 8.5 miles (13.7 km) long with an equal 50 feet (15 m) of uphill and downhill.
The hike begins at Hurst Point, which is located at the narrow entrance to the Solent and affords stunning panoramic views. You immediately hike past Hurst Castle, which was established by Henry VIII in the 1500s as one of the most advanced artillery fortresses in England.
The trail then heads along the Spit, winds around Keyhaven Harbour, and follows the coastline through Keyhaven and Pennington Marshes Nature Reserve.
You continue along the coast through pleasant countryside to Lymington Nature Reserve, where you can observe birds of prey such as marsh harriers, peregrine falcons, and merlins.
A short-step later, you reach the pretty Georgian market town of Lymington, which has two large marinas and charismatic narrow streets filled with shops, restaurants, bars, and cafes. There is a good choice of accommodation in the town.
August 13, 2020
There is a convenient bus from lymington to Milford on sea which makes this walk easy to do in a day.
There’s plenty of long stay parking in lymington just a short walk from the bus stop. 😊
August 31, 2020
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