This coastal cycle or walk takes you from Lymington to Keyhaven through the beautiful Keyhaven and Pennington Marshes. The path runs along a sea wall with the marshes on one side and the sea on the other. As such you are surrounded by varied and beautiful scenery for the length of the route. In the marsh area you will pass a number of pretty lagoons where you can look out for a wide variety of birdlife including Egret, Shelduck, Curlew and Heron. On the coastal side there are fabulous views of the Isle of Wight which is less than 2 miles away. Hurst Castle is also visible for most of the way - you could extend your walk by walking along the shingle spit to Henry VIII's Device Fort if you have time.
The Solent Way and the Bournemouth Coast Path long distance walking routes also run through Keyhaven so you could also continue your exercise along these paths.
Keyhaven Marshes Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Keyhaven Marshes Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Keyhaven Marshes OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Keyhaven Marshes Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Gun Inn in Keyhaven is a nice place to stop for refreshments. The 18th century pub has a large garden area with a summer bar. They do good food including lovely fresh crab sandwiches. Near the pub you can pick up the ferry to visit Hurst Castle if you have time. You can find the pub at a postcode of SO41 0TP for your sat navs.
At the other end of the route there's The Ship Inn in Lymington. The inn is located in a great spot next to the quay, in the town centre. In the summer you can sit outside and enjoy views to all the boats in the marina. Inside there's a stylish and contemporary decor with a cosy log fire for the winter months. They do excellent food and can be found at Quay Hill with a postcode of SO41 3AY for your sat navs.
The reserve is a great place for a dog walk but you might like to keep them on leads near the wildlife. The Gun Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.