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Lymington Marshes Trail

Lymington Marshes Trail

Walk along the Quayside for river views followed by the coastal marshes of the Lymington-Keyhaven Nature Reserve.

This is one of several Rail Trail routes running from Brockenhurst or Lymington railway stations.

Outside the sea wall the mudflats and saltmarsh are rich feeding and roosting grounds for many bird species. These form part of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust’s Lymington and Keyhaven Marshes reserve. The winter is when the largest number of wading birds can be seen visiting, including wigeon, redshanks and curlews. In the summer, the salt marshes are important breeding grounds for birds such as terns and gulls. In spring and autumn look out for spoonbills, large white wading birds. You’ll know when you see one – the clue is in the name!

A map of the marshes and further details are available at

  • Start/finish: Lymington Town Railway Station, SO41 9AU
  • Ordnance Survey map: Explorer OL 22 New Forest
  • Getting there: Take the train from Brockenhurst to Lymington Town
  • Distance: 3.7 miles (6 km)
  • Duration: 1-2 hours
  • Local facilities: Public toilets in Lymington, near St Barbe Museum. Train and bus transport to start of walk
  • Accessibility: Easy walk along level ground

1. Marshes Trail

Walk along the quayside for coastal views followed by the coastal marshes of the Lymington-Keyhaven Nature Reserve.

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