Situated on the west bank of the Lymington river on the Solent, in the New Forest Lymington is now a major yachting centre with large marinas.
Lymington began as a Saxon village, dating back from the 6th Century, formerly known as “Limen Tun” and at the time of the Domesday book (1066) the settlement was called “Lentune”.
It later became in the 13th Century a town and was given a charter to hold a market. The high street was deliberately made wide enough to hold the market stalls.
Up until the 19th Century, Lymington was famous for making salt from the seawater. It is also famous for boat building with timber coming from the New Forest.
My husband and I visited Lymington in September and parked up in on the Harbour. Upon parking we noticed a kiosk selling boat trips and enquired about tickets. The gentleman in the kiosk said, “yes I have two spaces left, and we are going now” We couldn’t believe our luck and hastily followed after him onto the boat, the Puffin Billi. https://www.puffincruiseslymington.com/
Donning the obligatory facemask, we stepped aboard. It was a beautiful sunny day and we had a really pleasant trip up the Lymington river. Our host was very informative and pointed out the ponies grazing on the salt grass marshes, super yachts, lifeboats, basking cormorants and sunseekers. We thoroughly enjoyed it. What a perfect way to spend a morning.
After our boat ride we had a ramble through the cobbled old streets of Lymington and got a bit lost down alleyways. But it is a charming place Lymington.
On the way home and looking for somewhere for lunch we found Rosie Lea House just before Setley. What a quaint charming place. We sat in a beautiful garden overlooking fields at the back, in the sunshine and enjoyed steak sandwiches on sourdough bread.
The service was excellent and the setting lovely. It’s a dog friendly place with water bowls available for your four-legged friend. If you want somewhere for breakfast, lunch, or afternoon tea the Rosie Lea does it all. https://rosielea.co.uk/rosie-lea-house/
Altogether a lovely day out.
Regional Reporter - South West England (New Forest)
As a Finance Coach I help business owners and individuals understand their spending habits, costs, money mindset and take the fear out of their finances. With an agricultural and equestrian background, I specialise in supporting the Equine and Rural sector as I understand the challenges they face. On a personal level I am passionate about the countryside and its flora and fauna. I am happiest out exploring the New Forest with my family and cocker spaniel Finlay.