Saturday 15th July
11, Circular Leisurely 10:30 Judith SO41 9AU
Meeting point: Lymington Town train station SO41 9AU
Judith is leading this joint walk with SABRE (Surrey & Beyond Ramblers). We start from the pretty market town of Lymington in the New Forest and pick up the Solent Way at the marina. This is a flat, easy walking path which follows the coastline all the way to Keyhaven (about 6 miles), offering fantastic views over the marshes and out to sea. At Keyhaven we take a small boat across the water to Hurst Castle for a picnic lunch on the beach looking out to the Isle of Wight. You can paddle, swim, take a tour of Hurst Castle or just lie on the beach and enjoy the view.
We then split into 2 groups. For those who've had enough walking, Nigel will lead them along the shingle spit to Milford on Sea (about a mile) to catch the bus back to Lymington. The rest of us will take the boat to Keyhaven and return to Lymington by a more inland route (probably another 5-6 miles). Plenty of nice pubs in Lymington for post-walk drinks.
There are toilets in Lymington (start point) and Keyhaven (lunchtime) and an ice cream and drinks kiosk in Keyhaven near where we pick up the boat. The boat costs £3.50 one way and £6.50 return. The bus is £4. Entrance to Hurst Castle if you want to take a tour is £5. Parking at Lymington station is £5.50 all day or you can park for free at Woodside Park on Ridgeway Lane which is across town and 1.5 miles from the station.
Easy Walks are for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty, a specific health problem or is seriously unfit. Suitable for pushchairs if they can be lifted over occasional obstructions. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn.
Leisurely Walks are for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths.
Moderate Walks are for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm waterproof clothing are highly recommended.
Strenuous Walks are for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness level. May include hills and rought country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm waterproof clothing are essential. People in doubt about their fitness are advised to contact the walk leader in advance.
Non-members are welcome to join us for 3 "trial" walks before deciding to join us. You don't need to book in advance - just turn up on the day.
All our walks are graded to give you an idea of what each one will be like. If you're unsure of your fitness level, try a short, easy walk first. It's better to find a walk too easy than to make yourself miserable and exhausted.
All our walks are led by SYW members. Please follow their instructions, don't walk ahead of them, and let them know if you decide to leave the walk before the end.