Lymington – Easy access to the Western Solent and beyond

A charming Georgian market town with a rich maritime history offers an abundance of things to do on and off the water. Explore the Western Solent and beyond to the Jurassic coastline of Dorset, enjoy crew suppers in the charming pubs of the cobbled old town or head out and enjoy the beauty of the New Forest national park.

Lymington Yacht Haven Marina is accessible at all states of tides with brand new state-of-the-art luxury washrooms and laundry facilities with 24 hour access.

With easy access from the M27 (Junction 1) or regular half hourly rail service from the main line station of Brockenhurst through to Lymington Town there is no excuse not to visit.

Lymington Yacht Haven, King’s Saltern Rd, Lymington SO41 3QD

2 Top Boating destinations within easy reach of Lymington


Lymington to Yarmouth is the perfect passage across the Solent if you’re looking for a relaxing day on the water.  Yarmouth sits at the mouth of the River Yar and contains some of the oldest architecture on the Isle of Wight, making it a real gem of a fishing harbour. The town is filled with a range of quaint cafes, shops, galleries and great local pubs to enjoy a drink as you watch the sunset over the water.

Studland Bay

If you are looking for a longer passage and a trip past the Needles then Studland Bay is a great anchorage to aim for. With good shelter in westerly winds and excellent holding ground, the bay is tranquil and calm. Idyllic for a spot of lunch or an overnight stop with views of Old Harry Rocks and the miles of beaches lining the waters of Studland Bay.

Recommended places to eat and stay

The Hut, Colwell Bay, Isle of Wight

Right on the water’s edge of charming Colway Bay, The Hut is an easy-going beach restaurant with a trendy (Chelsea) vibe. Located a couple of miles West of Yarmouth, The Hut is just a short 5 mile sail from Lymington (lunch is easily combined with a spin past the Needles).

The Hut’s enticing menu combines culinary classics with innovative new ideas, making for a refreshing approach to typical seaside dining in the Solent. Open throughout Spring and Summer, you’ll need to book early for weekends and any days in peak season.

East End Arms, East End

The ‘East End Arms’ is a traditional country pub and restaurant located in the beautiful New Forest National Park, just a short 10 min drive from Lymington Yacht Haven.

Owned by the drummer from Dire Straits, this honest country pub offers the perfect mix of delicious food, a warm relaxing atmosphere and locally brewed ales.

Recommended by Britain’s Finest: ‘The East End Arms in Lymington is a must-stop-at spot should you find yourself in the New Forest near Lymington.’

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