Stage 2: Lymington to Hythe — Solent Way
Includes an off-grid segment
Navigation instructions may be limited.
154 yd in total
Dan Hobson planned a hike.
August 7, 2020
You depart from the coastline on this stage to explore historic buildings, breathtaking ruins and wildlife-rich countryside.
Upping the ante, Stage 2 is 17 miles (27.4 km) long with an equal 400 feet (122 m) of uphill and downhill. (For a suggestion on how to split the stage, read on).
You leave Lymington to the west, cross Lymington River, and enter the New Forest ahead of Sowley Pond. A short-step later you pass St Leonard’s Grange Barn, a vast Grade I-listed structure that was built in the 14th century.
The trail heads north and soon follows the Beaulieu River to the village of Beaulieu, where there is a lot to see, including Palace House and the breathtaking 13th-century ruin of Beaulieu Abbey. If you wish to split the stage, there is accommodation here.
After crossing Beaulieu River, a short section on the road follows, which takes you to the Royal Oak pub, a good place for a pit-stop. You then head south through Fawley Inclosure to Hardley village.
The trail heads northeast, joins Southampton Water, and follows it to Hythe, where this stage finishes. The village has a good choice of accommodation, places to eat and drink, and a few shops.
August 13, 2020
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