Lymington-Keyhaven Nature Reserve



Route: Lymington-Keyhaven Nature Reserve

Area: Hampshire

Date of walk: 8th August 2014

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 5.6 miles

Weather: Overcast and warm

Inspired by my enjoyable walk from Keyhaven the day before, I returned to this small fishing village for another walk, this time heading along the edge of the marshes and through part of the Lymington-Keyhaven Nature Reserve

The reserve is an area of coastal grazing marsh and lies between the town of Lymington and the coastal village of Keyhaven. It covers over 1200 hectares and incorporates mudflats, salt marshes, shingle banks, coastal grazing marshes, and saline lagoons. The reserve supports important populations of birds and rare and specialist plants and invertebrates.

I walked in an anti-clockwise direction following the Solent Way before heading inland in the direction of Pennington and then back to Keyhaven through the marshes. It was easy going all the way, with great views across to the Isle of Wight

There was plenty of wildlife to see and towards the end of the walk it was a thrill to have a close encounter with a young roe deer

That made it four great walks in three days – what a beautiful part of the country this is

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