The Solent is well known for being the ultimate playground for sailors. On the South Coast of England between the mainland and the Isle of Wight, this popular cruising ground tempts every type of water sport enthusiast, with a huge number of races and regattas taking place each year, along with sheltered waters it has something to offer everyone. Approximately 30 miles long and 5 miles wide, it offers a magnificent coastline and an amazing variety of sailing conditions.
On the western edge of the Solent, Lymington is perfectly based for all types of boating. Take a RIB to Yarmouth and arrive within 20 minutes or cruise to France – the choice is yours!
For day sailing and anchorages, choose a quiet natural harbour such as Newtown Creek or head for the hustle and bustle of Southampton. Beyond the Solent, to the West, there’s the natural harbour at Poole, Studland Bay and Sandbanks within easy reach, and Portsmouth to the East – one of the most historical harbours in the UK.
So many places to explore, and all within a day or two’s sail. These are some of our favourite places to visit – just a stone’s throw away...
(distances from Lymington Yacht Haven)
The Hut at Colwell Bay, IoW – 4.5 nm
A great beach restaurant and stunning sunsets, anchor up and they will take you ashore in a RIB.
Alum Bay, IoW – 6.5 nm
This gorgeous anchorage overlooks The Needles, and it’s a fantastic spot for swimming.
Yarmouth, IoW – 3 nm
A friendly harbour with plenty to do including beautiful walks and superb restaurants.
Newtown Creek, IoW – 5 nm
A stunning anchorage in a nature reserve. The New Inn is within walking distance if you get the tides right.
Cowes, IoW – 9.5 nm
An iconic yachting destination with lots to see and do. If you have time, pop to The Folly Inn about 2 miles further up the River Medina.
Hurst Castle – 3.5 nm
Good for a lunch stop, this landmark close to Lymington River has an open anchorage, but be careful of the strong tidal current alongside the beach.
Beaulieu River – 7.5 nm
Experience tranquillity and stunning natural beauty on the Beaulieu River. Tie up to one of the river moorings or visit the historic Buckler’s Hard.
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The Needles in the distance
A Creek off Lymington River
Photo Credit: Alum Bay, Red Funnel