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Pony near Hampton Ridge
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Coastal delights and Georgian splendour

Lymington - Town Quay
Lymington - Town Quay

Lymington, an attractive town a short distance from the southern edge of the New Forest, boasts a wealth of Georgian and Victorian architecture; a thriving quayside community; busy, varied shopping facilities; a Saturday market and a regular ferry service to the Isle of Wight. Lymington is accessible by both bus and train.

Lymington - distance from Lyndhurst
8½ miles (14 kilometres)

Lymington - did you know?
Lymington and the nearby coastal marshes were once the centre of a thriving sea salt industry.

Lymington shopping therapy – all one would expect from a pleasant country town.

Lymington market day - Saturday

Pubs and bars - oh yes

Restaurants - certainly.

Nightclubs and casinos - not at all

Lymington High Street
Lymington High Street

Cinemas - Lymington Community Centre

Theatres - Lymington Players / the Malt Hall

Children's play parks - yes

Leisure Centre
Lymington Health and Leisure

Lymington Marina and the town's yacht clubs provide ever popular sailing facilities.

Lymington Town Quay
Accessed by a narrow cobbled street at the bottom of the High Street, Lymington's Town Quay offers plentiful opportunities for feeding the ducks, admiring the swans and simply watching the world go by.

Lymington museum
St. Barbe Museum and Art Gallery
Explore the unique history of Lymington and the New Forest coast, and admire a variety of colourful, hands-on displays.

Parish Church of St. Thomas
Originally constructed in around 1250, repeated rebuilds and restorations have resulted in a charming structure of mixed ages and styles. The distinctive tower and cupola, for example, were additions in the second half of the 17th century.

Buckland Rings
An Iron Age hill fort beside the A337, a little to the north of the town. Access is freely available.

Lymington walks
Walks along the coastal path, including parts of the Solent Way, a 60 mile long coastal walking route, provide breathtaking views across to the Isle of Wight.

(Image: Lymington: postbox No.SO41 49, High Street (Chris Downer) / CC BY-SA 2.0 ).

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** New Forest ponies and other animals**
The New Forest
Commoners' ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene, but during 2019 agisters attended 159 road traffic accidents involving these animals, a small but disappointing increase on the 154 accidents attended in 2018.

Sadly, 58 animals were killed - 35 ponies, 13 cows, 8 donkeys and 2 sheep, whilst a further 32 were injured - 3 pigs, 9 donkeys, 11 cows and 9 ponies.

(Forty-three accidents occurred in daylight, 15 at twilight and 101 in the dark. Twenty-seven accidents were not reported by the driver involved).

Here's just one horrific example - Three donkeys killed in collision with van at notorious New Forest blackspot (Advertiser and Times)
** Always take care when driving **
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Content produced by Andrew Walmsley