What to See & Do in Milford

Milford on Sea has something for everyone. Perfect for relaxing, spectacular views, beaches, walks, historic castle, sea trips, bird watching, village life from another era & lots going on all year round. (Also See 'Whats On'.) If you enjoy eating out or want to explore the New Forest you have come to the right place!

Milford Bridge: High Street, Milford on Sea.
Re-Built in 1929. As you leave the High Street towards Park Lane & the cliff top, you will pass over Milford Bridge, which crosses the Danes Stream, if you take a close look at the inscription above the brickwork you will spot that the word before 'bridge' has been chiselled out. The missing word of course was 'Milford' & this was removed during the second world war. This was done in case of a German invasion & to prevent the invaders from knowing where they were. Fortunately the never arrived to see this local handywork!

Milford WW2 Pill Box: Seafront, Hurst Road, Milford on Sea SO41 0PY.
During World War Two areas of Milford on Sea were restricted zones commandered by UK Troops. It was also one of the departure points for the DD Landings. As part of the coastal defences Pill Boxes lined the shore & cliffs in Milford on Sea. There were also 'dragons teeth' tank defences at Taddiford Gap & along towards Barton on Sea. These have now either been removed or fallen into the sea.

Keyhaven War Memorial: Keyhaven Road, Junction with Harewood Green, Keyhaven, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QZ | Wreaths are laid to the fallen of war at the memorial on every Remembrance Sunday follwed by a parade to All Saints church. The memorial contains the names of all the men from Keyhaven who lost their lives in WW1 & WW2. Milford on Sea has its own war memorial which can be found inside the War Memorial Hospital. The village hosts the Remembrance Day Gathering at 11am on the 11th November on the Milford on Sea Village Green followed by a march to the hospital to lay poppy wreaths.

Soaring Steel Seagull: Seafront, Hurst Road, Milford on Sea, SO41 0PY. OK, it's a loo. The public toilets were built by architect John Pardey. Unusually, the public conveniences walls are lifted off the ground and the roof is lifted off the walls, introducing air gaps for natural ventilation. The structure has a distinctive aluminium gull-wing roof which is durable to the high winds and pebbles from the nearby beach. Vandal proof uplighters are integrated into the floor and this was the first public convenience where covered lighting was introduced to each cubicle. It has even featured on the Radio 4 'Today' programme, when Lucinda Lampton chose it as one of her four favourite loos!

Going Dutch Bicycle Hire: Harvest House, Lymington Road, Milford On Sea, SO41 0QN | Tel: 07968 765433 | (or 01590 644579)
Enjoy a great day out cycling & exploring the coastal cliff paths of Milford on Sea, discover Keyhaven Harbour or bike ride into the countryside of the New Forest National Park to spot the wildlife. Adult bikes available for you to hire for a full or half day.

Hurst Solent Rose Cruises: Keyhaven Harbour | Tel: 01590 642500
Day cruises operate to the Needles Rocks & Lighthouse, Yarmouth IOW & Alum Bay where you can go ashore & visit the famous multi-coloured sands. Trips operate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from early May until 18th September. (*The company also run the Hurst Ferry when operates regulary between Keyhaven Harbour & Hurst Castle.)

Malpica Rib Trips: Keyhaven Harbour | Tel: 07818 264677 or 01590 644565
Exciting sea cruises in a 7.5 Cobra Nautique Rib. Trips include: The Needles Rocks & Lighthouse, Keyhaven River, Yarmouth IOW, & Lymington Salt Marshes. (Day & half day private charters also available)

Kitesurfing Keyhaven Marshes: On windy days you can see kiteboarders on the lakeside laggon on the north side of Hurst Spit. Mark Shinn a former pupil of Milford Primary School, won two Kite Surfing World titles in 2002 when he won the Professional Kiteboard Riders' Association and the 2002 Kiteboard Pro World Tour. Kiteboarding is also sometimes known as kitesurfng or wind boarding.

Windsurfing Milford on Sea: Milford beach is understated & doesn't appear to get wind surfed too often. In the opinion of 'Big Salty' it performs really well when other beaches switch off, plus it gets a good dose of swell due to it's SSW orientation. For those interested in wave sailing, it's swell size will be comparable to Southbourne although it is much less powerful size for size.

Reel Easy Charters: Keyhaven Harbour | Tel: 01425 620458 - 07712 645549
Sea Fishing Charters and day fishing trips for all ages sailing from Keyhaven Harbour. Whether you're a first-timer or experienced angler you can explore the beautiful coastline and quays of the Solent . Group charters also available for parties up to eight people.

Ray Pitt Sea Fishing: Keyhaven Harbour | Tel: 01425 612896
Fishing boat charter on Sunrise or Osprey II. Six, Eight, Six or Five Hour Sea Angling Trips. Three hour summertime mackerel fishing trips. Fishing rod hire if required. available all year round. Family run business for over 50 years.

Beach Fishing: Milford on Sea is great for beach fishing & is located at the start of the Solent with fine views of the Isle of Wight & the Needles. Species caught include: sizeable bream and sea bass which run close, rays, whiting, pollock, smuts, occasional fine sole & turbot. Plus all the usual suspects; dog fish, pout etc. Night fishing is probably most productive. The main fishing spots are locally known as 'The White House', 'Needles Eye Cafe', 'Milford on Sea Beach', 'Paddys Gap', 'Hurst Shingle Bank' & ‘Hurst Spit’.

Everton Grange Lakes: Braxton Farm, Lymore Lane, Milford On Sea, SO41 OTX | Tel: 01590 644499
Lake Coarse Fishing: The lake is situated in a quiet and peaceful location on the boundary of Braxton Farm and the Old Parkland of Everton Grange. There are two lakes, the largest of which is stocked with several species of Carp and Tench. The smaller lake is mainly for Tench fishing. The lake is widely regarded as one of the best fisheries in Southern England. Everton Grange Lake is available on a day ticket. The lake is open seven days a week from 6am until sunset.

Keyhaven Yacht Club: The Clubhouse, Keyhaven, SO41 0TR | Tel: 01590 642165
The Club was founded by Captain G.J.F. Adams in 1928. The Club's fleet of Support Boats consists of four RIBs and one diesel engine launch. The overall membership of the Club is approximately 1500. Between them, Members sail some 585 boats of different classes consisting of 154 Scows, 17 Wayfarers, 16 Lasers, 35 Cruisers, 28 Cadets, 28 Mirrors and 265 other sailng craft.

Hurst Castle Sailing Club: Keyhaven, SO41 0TR | Tel: 01590 645589
Hurst Castle Sailing Club is a small but lively and friendly club where the emphasis is on enjoyment rather than competition. The Club caters for both Dinghy and Yacht sailors. There are over forty cruising members of the club. The most common dinghy sailed is the Scow. There are also Mirrors, Wayfarers, & a variety of other dinghies, including Gulls, Skippers, Wanderers, & Lasers. Visitors are welcome to see and hear more about the facilities and activities at the club coffee mornings at 10:30 on Tuesdays.

Keyhaven & Pennington Salt Marshes Walks: A large area of coastal marsh and mudflats supporting internationally important numbers of birds and specialised plants. The nature reserve also covers the old 'salt marshes' with some remains of the works around ' Moses Dock'. You can access the marshes from the path leaving from Keyhaven Harbour towards Lymington, or take a short drive to from near The Chequers Pub, Ridgeway Lane, SO41 8AH. Once in the marshes their are numerous trials of various lengths with map boards & sign posts.

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