The bustling town of Lymington is under 30 minutes’ walk from Elmers Court and the perfect destination if you want to enjoy the lively nautical vibes of a modern-day yachting hub which also has a rich maritime history.
Admire the elegant Georgian High Street, then wander through the pretty cobbled lanes of the old town down to the Quay and watch the streamlined yachts and rugged fishing boats come and go. Take a boat trip from the quayside, with several options available – or take a dip in the famous Lymington Seawater baths.
For those who love a bracing walk, you can pick up a section of the Solent Way (which stretches for 60 miles along the south coast) in Lymington. Follow it for 9 miles to the pretty coastal town of Milford-on-Sea, via Hurst Spit, a mile-long bank of shingle, and Hurst Castle. Or go in the other direction, across the Lymington River then along the path for 10 miles to Beaulieu which is packed with attractions including the National Motor Museum, Palace House and gardens. This route also passes through the picturesque maritime village of Bucklers Hard and alongside the Beaulieu river.