Discover Lymington: a walk from Lymington to the Walhampton Monument
From the Victorian station to the obelisk in memory of one of Lymington's most esteemed gentlemen
A walk from Lymington's Victorian station (now towered over by modern dwellings), across the Lymington river to the famous monument honoring Admiral Sir Harry Burrard Neale. From there visit Goodall's strawberries, New Forest Adventure Golf and/or Macdonald Elmers Court. A delightful stroll to the other side of Lymington, taking in a few historical tales en route!
The walk starts and finishes at Lymington Town station
Approx distance: 1.8 miles (3km) - approx 1 hour
Walk: paths and gravel track
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Lymington Town Railway Station is a branch line from Brockenhurst. The official opening of the Lymington Railway Company's line took place on 12 July 1858, to the accompaniement of the town band and church bells. In 1884 the railway track was continued southwards to the new Lymington Pier station so that Isle of Wight ferries might perform at all states of tides.
Turn left and follow Waterloo Road to the main road, turning right to find yourself along the Bridge.
The main path over the beautiful Lymington River, this bridge has a slightly darker history as part of a scheme by King Charles I, looking to raise money or to pay debts without money passing. All of the mudflats between Calshot and Hurst Castle were granted to Robert Pamplin, whose descendants decided to build a great dam across Lymington River, simultaneously upsetting the Corporation who introduced an action stating that navigation through the town would be disrupted if nothing was done to prevent it. Furthermore, ship owners were irritated by the dam’s effect on the river’s tides and the silt that it built up. This led to a toll being exacted on all who passed over the bridge.
The King is amused!
In 1899, King Edward VII was enjoying one of his first car rides as a passenger of the second Lord Montagu. Having passed through the Forest they were made to wait for an inordinately long time at the toll bridge, for, as to the amusement of the King, gatekeeper Mr G Gooden was vexed after an earlier driver had sped over the bridge without paying! Tolls continued until 1958.
As you cross the bridge, note the difference on the left and right. Had the toll bridge not been built, the water would have flowed up river today.
After the bridge, turn right walk alongside the river, following Undershore. Follow undershore to the end of the metal barrier on the right hand side.
To the left find a gravel track leading to private houses, just off this is a footbath to the Monument, indicated with a red arrow on the photo.
Follow the path through woodland to the Monument.
The Burrard Neale Monument is a tribute to Admiral Sir Harry Burrard Neale, who served in the Royal Navy and went on to befriend the king and act as a shipmate. Perhaps his most notable success was in 1797, when he extracted his ship out of the Mutiny of the Nore while keeping his crew under control. His family, who owned the Walhampton Estate from 1688, were very involved in the life of Lymington as Members of Parliament or Town Mayor. When the Admiral passed away in 1840, the obelisk monument was erected in his memory, and it remains there today to be enjoyed by the public.
After taking in the rich history behind the monument and appreciating its surrounding views, find Monument Lane to the rear of the monument.
Walk down Monument Lane and turn left back onto Undershore Road.
Berries and Mini Golf
At Undershore Road, turn left and take care as the road narrows. Follow the path up to the next turning on the left which leads to Lymington Golf Centre, New Forest Adventure Golf and Goodall’s Strawberry Farm.
Goodall's strawberries are seriously the best - the best you'll ever taste. That combination of New Forest and sea air - cannot be beaten. And Goodall's do lots of other berries too, plus homemade cake. Take a pitstop in their 'Tearoom' and enjoy a moment of pure bliss relaxing with a proper cream tea with freshly picked strawberries.....The tearoom has plenty of space to run around and some toys for children too. Find out more about Goodalls here.
Over the way, New Forest Adventure Golf is a simply fabulous way to pass a few hours as family or friends. An 18 hole crazy golf course based on the New Forest, complete with hand working Isle of Wight ferry and animals to spot at each hole. Who cares if the 10 year old beats you, I mean, really... (still trying to come to terms with that!) A great few hours for all ages - and with it's own little kiosk selling ice creams too, perfect in warm weather.
Now, for the totally lazy, combine your visit here with hopping on to the New Forest Tour bus.
Otherwise, if you've not yet had your fix of tea and cake, head over the road to Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea.
Elmers Court was once owned by the Whitaker family of nearby Pylewell Park. James Whitaker, MP and JP, used the building as a courthouse. During the Second World War it was requisitioned by the War Office and used to co-ordinate D Day landings. It was also used as a Spy Training School and was where the famous intelligence agent Odette Sansom Hallowes was trained.
Totally a hotel and country club, part of the Macdonald chain, Elmers Court's desirable location provides guests with exceptional views over and walks to Solent shore. Why not treat yourselves to a traditonal afternoon tea at Elmers Court (booking essential)
From Macdonald Elmers Court turn left back down Undershore.
Ferries to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight
You will pass the Wightlink ferry terminal on the left.
Cargo was shipped to the Isle of Wight from May 1836 in specially designed tow-boats. In 1913 nearly 700 cars were carried on the Lymington-Yarmouth route. Cattle were also transported - leading to some frantic scenes as stubborn animals refused to embark, some ending up in the water!
The revolutionary MV Lymington came into service in 1948. This double-ended vessel was the first to use Voith-Scheider propulson, which enabled her to move in any direction without rudders. After early teething problems, the vessel carried 400 passengers and 16 cars which drove on and off specially constructed slipways. In March 1948, the larger MC Farringford joined the Lymington-Yarmouth service.
By 1955, 42,000 cars made this crossing. On 21 September 1959, the Troon built MC Freshwater was added to the fleet and the river was dredged to enable two vessels to pass within its narrow confines.
As you walk along the road, you'll see The Ferryman on the right, previously known as the Waggon & Horses which dates back to 1643 as the Waggon Ale House. In 1893 there was a great tragedy here, when local gamekeeper Henry Card of Snookes Farm was debating about the mystery of Ardlamont Shooting Case, whether Lieutenant Hambrough could have shot himself from behind. Henry Card was demonstrating how such an act was feasible to Mr John Bligh, a visitor from London. Using his double-barrelled shotgun which he believed to be empty, Mr Card fired with the muzzle pointing at his head from behind. He fired, but the gun was loaded and he suffered mortal head wounds, dying in the tap room. Rumour has it that he haunts the pub today...
Carry on walking along Undershore back to the bridge. Cross the bridge then turn left down Waterloo Road towards Lymington Town station.
A secret garden before catching the train home!
From Waterloo Road, turn left up Station Street to find the Bosun’s Chair, a welcoming family-run pub with guestrooms that was originally a coach house. Great food and atmosphere, well worth a visit
Plus in fine weather we recommend the delightful garden hidden to the rear of the Bosun's - perfect for a drink or light meal! Read our review!
From the Bosun's Chair, head either back to Lymington Town Station or head into the High Street to explore Lymington further!