Visitor Information

Foals on the Forest in May drive carefully

Foals on the New Forest - please drive slowly

Foals on the Forest - watch out on the roads!

The merry month of May is prime time for newborn foals in the New Forest

foals on the road - please drive carefullyMay is a magical month as once again tiny foals are being born all over the New Forest, soon to be seen gambolling about and winning our hearts.  

Please take extra care on the unfenced roads.

Foals move very fast and are unpredictable.

Some of them even lie on the road!

So give yourself plenty of time on your daily commute, or when crossing the Forest at any time.

A very simple message and easy to remember is the "Shared Forest" mantra to #add3minutes and arrive safely to your destination.

The Shared Forest is an initiative of the New Forest Commoners which started in 2017 at the New Forest Show. It is aimed at increasing public awareness of commoning  – both as a modern farming system and as an important part of the New Forest’s cultural heritage. The aim is to encourage local residents and visitors to understand this important aspect of New Forest life, and to help safeguard their animals grazing on the open Forest.

The attendant publicity at the launch of #add3minutes helped to save animal lives through the autumn and winter of last year. 

donkey foal newborn east boldre april18 Now it's test time again, to remind ourselves that foals move much faster and less predictably than their mothers.  Which is why it's vital to be really aware, slow right down in any case if ponies are close to the road and look out for these gorgeous babies on their long legs, which have absolutely no idea whatsoever that the road is a dangerous place to be.

The Shared Forest welcomes businesses to sign their charter and become members.  The idea is that a business then takes some responsibility, for ensuring that its staff adhere to the speed limits and indeed drive much more slowly than the limit according to road and weather conditions and the presence of animals in the vicinity. 

It already has 30 business members across the New Forest and beyond, with more in the process of joining - more details on their website. 

If one more reminder were needed just look at how tiny and defenceless they are when first born....

Newborn foal - drive carefully




How to get to Lymington

How to get to Lymington

Map of how to get to Lymington

Visiting Lymington by Road

Lymington lies on the A337 which runs from Christchurch to Cadnam. From the west (Bournemouth and Poole direction), the simplest route is the A337 via Christchurch, Highcliffe, and New Milton.

From London, M3 or the north, you have a choice. The easiest and most scenic route is to take the M27 to Junction 1 (Cadnam/The New Forest) and then follow the A337 through Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst. However, do check traffic reports as Lyndhurst can get very busy at holiday times.

Another option is to leave the M27 at Junction 3, then take the M271 to Totton, then the A326 towards Fawley then the Beaulieu Road through Beaulieu to Hatchet Pond where you’ll fork left on the B3054 to Lymington. This will bring you in across the beautiful Lymington River - you’ll see the Isle of Wight ferry terminal to your left as you cross over the river, and the Lymington Shores development as you cross the railway line.

Visiting Lymington by Train

The Lymington line is a branch off the main Waterloo to Weymouth line, change at Brockenhurst for Lymington Town and Lymington Pier (for the Ferry). It’s a ten minute scenic ride along the Lymington River to Lymington Town Station – and then on to Lymington Pier if you’re heading to the Isle of Wight via ferry to Yarmouth. 

Lymington Town Station is very close to the centre of Lymington. Walk straight up Station Street from the station (passing the wonderful Bosun's Chair pub with rooms - great food and atmosphere!) and turn left into Gosport Street, which brings you to the bottom of Lymington High Street passing several of our lovely Lymington shops and hostelries on the way.

Coach trips to Lymington

There are a number of companies offering coach trips to Lymington, here are a few:

Go Euro - Cheap bus and coach tickets from London.

National Express - Coach trips from London and Bournemouth.

Travel to Lymington by Bus

Buses run to Lymington from Bournemouth and Southampton:

Bluestar - Bus service from Southampton areas, Ashurst, Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst.

More Bus - Bus routes from Bournemouth, New Milton, Beaulieu and Hythe. The X1 runs to and from Bournemouth. 

The New Forest Tour operates open-top buses during the summer months, with green and blue routes stopping in Lymington. A wonderful way to visit the New Forest National Park, its towns and villages.

If travelling to or from the Isle of Wight from Lymington, Southern Vectis operate buses on the Isle of Wight, some stopping at Yarmouth by the ferry terminal.

Travel to Lymington by Ferry

The Wightlink Passenger/Car Ferry to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight takes about 30 minutes and in the summer generally leaves every 45 minutes from Lymington Pier. Coral Star operates from April to September each year, stopping at Lymington Quay and also the Harbour Master's Pontoon by request.

Wightlink - Large ferry service for cars, bikes and foot passengers with regular services.

Coral Star- Offers a Yarmouth-Lymington foot passenger ferry service through the summer April to October.

Airports near Lymington

Southampton Airport is the main airport on the south coast and is connected directly to the rail network. Bournemouth Airport (previously known as Hurn Airport) to the west is only accessible by road.

Southampton Airport arrivals and departures

Bournemouth Airport arrivals and departures

Local Taxi and Airport Transfer Cars

Cycle Hire in Lymington and the New Forest

In Lymington, you can hire bicycles from Figgures Cycles in Henderson Court and from New Forest Bike Hire in Quay Street.

In Brockenhurst cycle hire is available near the station with Cyclexperience, including electric bike hire.



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