FlexiSail - Lymington
The picturesque town of Lymington sits on the mouth of the Lymington River on the Solent and sheltered behind the Isle of Wight. As it makes such an ideal location for yachting it might be no surprise to learn that a longer maritime life predates the social sea traffic of the town today.
Lymington is one of those rare places that everyone falls in love with! A beautiful Georgian market town, with many of its cobbled streets, homes and distinctive buildings defining much of its character. The main street, for example, leads down to a cobbled road on the Quay where you will find the Harbour Master’s office, once a bathhouse dating from 1833!
Lymington has a distinctly nautical heritage and much of this is evident as you wander round the bustling and burgeoning little port. Salt is very much in the air and between the bricks, yet just behind you the river quickly winds its way into the New Forest.
By boat the access into the Solent takes no time at all and from there you have a wide choice of wonderful places to sail. Across the Solent on the Isle of Wight sits Yarmouth, a delightful fishing, ferry and yachting port widely regarded as one of the jewels of the south coast. Further down from Yarmouth you will find peaceful Newtown River, a wonderful place to put down anchor and spend the night. Cowes, the thriving yachting centre of the Isle of Wight, is only a 2/3 hour sail away. Hurst Castle and the Beaulieu River are all within easy reach of Lymington.
Going west you can sail into Poole Harbour, the second largest natural harbour in the world, where you can moor up on the town quay and enjoy a night out in Poole town with its excellent choice of restaurants and bars.
Our yachts are moored at the Yacht Haven Marina, only a 10 minute walk from the town with its wide range of shops, pubs and restaurants (as well as a very colourful Saturday market). The marina is supported by the Haven Boatyard, which provides a comprehensive range of marine services, including hoist and scrubs, engine servicing or repairs, rigging specialists, chandlers and dry berthing from its nearby Haven Quay site. The marina has first class facilities with recently renovated excellent toilets and showers (opened 24 hours), overnight security patrol, fuel, and access at all stages of the tide, and much more.
The marina’s recently renovated and extended Haven Restaurant enjoys panoramic views of the Solent and the Isle of Wight and serves fine food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and light refreshments. There is also the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, Lymington Town Sailing Club and two excellent pubs (the Fishermans and Mayflower) only a few minutes’ walk away.
Lymington is less than half an hour’s drive from Junction 1 of the M27 taking you through the beautiful New Forest National Park. The unique beauty, buzz and character of Lymington make the journey well worthwhile.