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“We did the entire walk but recommend the ferry back just for fun!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Solent Way Walk

The Solent Way Walk
South Baddesle Road, Lymington, England
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Ranked #1 of 10 attractions in Lymington
Type: Hiking Trails, Ferries/ Boats, Historic Walking Areas, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
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Owner description: Starting from Milford-on-Sea, this is a two-mile walk alongthe coast, ending at Hurst Castle, an ancient monument open year 'round, with a cafe. A ferry runs from the village of Keyhaven from Easter through summer months.
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“We did the entire walk but recommend the ferry back just for fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

We walked on a beautiful day right the way across to the castle. The castle itself is interesting, but my favourite bit about it all was the wonderful walk. We took our two dogs along with us and they equally loved it. Our tyre burst on our child's buggy (even though it is a pretty mean off-roader), which we stupidly wasn't prepared for, but luckily this happened towards the end of our walk. This, however didn't ruin our trip but made it better as it meant we took the ferry (which we wasn't planning on doing) back to Keyhaven. The ferry was a little boat which took about 10 people from memory (i may be wrong). It chuffed along through the lovely sailing boats in harbour which was lovely a pleasant to get an upclose look at the boats and birds and wildlife. I loved this day, it was the highlight of my holiday and would definitely do it again when I return. We were a family with a young baby who was happy to watch the world go by in his pram, however I think this trip is much more suited for active families used to hiking/outdoors types, couples or older families and I can imagine younger children would get bored.
I have ticked the box to say there is no fee for this attraction as the walk itself is free, however I would recommend that you visit the museum which there is a fee for, as it gives you a nice break from the walk, you can have a nice drink in the cafe (or packed lunch is what we did on the grass). There is also a charge for the ferry if you choose to take this back.

Visited September 2013
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Lymington, United Kingdom
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“Don't panic you don't have to do the whole walk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Walked from Lymington Royal Yacht Club and did a loop stopping off at the Haven Yacht Marina for a delicious hot chocolate and pastry. about an hours walk in all. Beautiful scenery all around.

Visited November 2013
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“A Super Coast Path”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

We walked from Lymington to Keyhaven on a cold sunny November day and loved it. There were lots of birds to see and photograph on the way, and numerous like-minded walkers and bird watchers about. There are plenty of information boards along the route with facts on the history of the area and the local wildlife. The occasional bench along the way would be a nice addition.

We'll be back here again soon, I hope.

Visited November 2013
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“Lee on the Solent to Hamble”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

I've lived in this area for many years now but am amazed how little I know about it. My wife was getting fit to do the Moonwalk and we decided to walk this stretch as final practice. The total distance there and back is 20 miles. It's an interesting walk, starting at the Eastern end of Lee and taking you about half way up the Hamble to Moody's Yard. The Navigator pub opposite the Yard is a good place to stop for a quality pub lunch. Don't bother with the pub on the Hamble front, they failed to bake a baked potato, a first in my experience.

The walk itself starts you off along the pebble beach in Lee, with a good view to the IoW. You can get all the way to The Titchfield Haven along the front and, if you are lucky, see terns hovering just off the breakwater. The Haven is a bird watchers haunt, with hides available and you might be lucky enough to see a few of the more rare sightings - there was a shrike nearby in the late summer.

From the Haven you start walking up on the top of the cliffs, this gives you a good view of the Solent, along with an eye full of Fawley. As bad as that sounds, it does make the walk interesting. You often have the tranquility of the country on one side of you and the busy shipping lanes of the Solent on the other. If you get there at the right time, you will see a procession of famous liners sailing past. Quite an impressive sight.

I quite enjoyed the different aspects of the walk, but it is by no means as lovely as walking the cliffs of Dorset, Devon or Cornwall. That said, there is far more variety, plenty of places to stop for a drink and enough country side to feel you have escaped from the crowds.

Visited May 2013
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“Top places for watching seabirds”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Walk from Keyhaven to Lymington and you will see the nature reserve with an outstanding view over the marshes and very many kinds of seabirds. A must for hobby ornothologists.

Visited October 2013
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