Lymington Nature Reserve covers 500 acres, connecting the mouth of Lymington River with the nearby village of Keyhaven. The reserve follows the Solent Way, so many walkers opt to follow the route and make the most of the opportunity to get a closer view of the marshes and the species that call them home but don’t worry if you fancy walking a slightly different route as there are some picturesque circular walks to try out too.
The reserve’s open to the public all year round, and it’s one of those places that manages to feel peaceful (and look beautiful) during every season. Look out for the collection of lagoons that sit just inside the sea wall as they support all kinds of plants and animals thanks to the low levels of salinity in the water. Far from being just pretty pools, they’re some of the country’s most significant and they house species such as Lagoon Shrimp, Starlet Sea anemone and Foxtail Stonewart.
Most of the pathways throughout the nature reserve are firm and even, so no matter which of the circular walks you opt for when exploring it you should find The Keyhaven Marsh loop is one of the most popular with walkers and cyclists and it’s best started at Fishtail Lagoon car park.