Milford on Sea
Milford is 3 or 4 miles to the west of Lymington, and claims to be one of the last true coastal villages along this part of the south. Although the beach has very little sand (it is mostly shingle), it is attractive for its views over the Needles (the rocks off the Isle of Wight). Typically English with a cafe selling ice creams and fish and chips, beach huts and a small green, you can also walk up on to the cliffs to Hordle. In the village itself are various shops including and old converted blacksmiths and THE best fish and chip shop, surrounding the old village green. The old Cof E church is just up the road and in the other direction you can get to the tiny village of Keyhaven. If you want to stay overnight, there is the Westover Hall Hotel, a camp site, Shorefields or Carrington caravan parks and a surfeit of B&Bs.
Milford has grown over the last few years, but is still very village-y. It is nicest to visit in the Summer. As you can see, this photo was NOT taken in the summer - it usually looks much nicer, honest!
- Family Travel
The community centre is often passed by by people visiting london, as it is tucked away behind the high street. However, there is a small (and cheap) cinema showing a different movie each week - usually one that was showing a few weeks before at the larger, more expensive cinemas. You can also see theatrical productions here.
There is also a large collection of second hand books for sale at a few pence each - it is amazing what you can find there. All of the books are sold on trust: you take what you want and put the money into a box in the wall.
Im am waiting to see what they will do with the old library now that they have built the new one around the corner... The building that houses the centre is very pretty and history in itself.
If you turn left out of the main entrance of the centre, and cross over at the crossroads, you will find the auction house. Viewings take place on wednesdays, then the auctions are on thursdays. You can find loads of stuff here, and its often good if you are looking for local things to take home with you.
New Forest Ponies
Sadlly the New Forest Ponies are moving away from 'off the beaten path' and into more populated areas, resulting in a great number of them being killed by traffic each year. The Commoners have put reflective bands on many of them to try to stop the problem.
When in the Forest, never approach the ponies, and absolutely NEVER feed them. It is becoming a real hazrd where tourists have fed the ponies, so they become aggressive towards picnic-ers.
These beautiful animals are all owned privately but ancient commoner rights allow the owners to let them graze free over selected parts of the New Forest. You can also see pigs and cows (even highland cattle!) on the forest.
- National/State Park
The Solent Way Walk. The...
The Solent Way Walk. The Solent Way begins at the holiday town of Milford-on-Sea where there are a variety of shops suitable for buying picnic food and drinks, and a small number of hotels and inns with accommodation. The village can be reached by public transport from New Milton railway station or from Lymington. Signposts point one down to the seafront where there are ample car parks by the sea wall. There is a hard two miles walk down to Hurst Castle at the single beach's end. The ancient monument is open throughout the year and contains a pleasant cafe. A ferry service to the Castle only runs from Easter through the summer months. This sets off from Keyhaven, a waterside hamlet with a popular pub, and a large public car park.
From Keyhaven to Lymington the Solent Way follows the sea wall around the marshes for 4 miles. These were once an important industrial area used for the production of sea salt, but are now a natural history reserve. As the crow flies the distance is only 2.5 miles, and paths and lanes just inland offer short cuts on the way to the town.
Once past the marinas and the large open air swimming baths the route passes the Royal Lymington Sailing Club, and another big car park. Following the road the route passes the Town Quay where the fishing boats can be seen moored opposite. An attractive car free lane leads up to the High Street
North of Lymington begins the...
North of Lymington begins the New Forest covering significant part of Hampshire. The name of the area is misleading, for much of this region’s woodland was cleared long before the Normans arrived. This is Southern England main rural playground. Eight million visitors annually flock here to enjoy a breath of fresh air. The forest was requisitioned by William the Conqueror in 1079 as a game reserve. The most famous species of New Forest are the New Forest ponies which actually look like small horses (one explanation I’ve heard that those ponies are descendants from the Armada’s small Spanish horses which survived the battle). The visitors can see the ponies grazing by the roadsides and even ambling through some villages.