Local Walks

From Milford on Sea there are easy beach & cliff walks. We have also featured some other nearby & New Forest walks which are all within easy reach of Milford.

Cliff Walk: From Milford seafront you can walk for several miles from the beach & along onto cliff top. A gentle incline takes you to the cliffs where you can see spectacular views of the Isle of Wight. The Needles lighthouse, Christchurch Bay, Mudeford, Heigestbury Head & across to the Purbeck Hills.

Dog Friendly Beach Walks: Walking dogs on the beach is enjoyed by lots of local people & visitors alike. Currently the beaches around Milford on Sea all welcome dogs, however this is currently under review with the Parish Council. We would appeal to all dog walkers to clean up as they go, as your actions affect everyone. Other nearby beaches, have there own regulations on dog walking. The sandy 'dog friendly' beach accessed from Highcliffe Castle car park is worth a visit if you have dogs to walk. Please see link for more information on local & Dorset beach details.

Studland Common Local Nature Reserve Walk: Milford on Sea has 4 Local Nature Reserves: The Pleasure Grounds, Studland Common, Sharvells Copse (Shorefield Copse) & Sturt Pond. All are ideal for a gentle stroll or dog walk. The easiest place to park & access Studland Common is by the bridge in New Valley Road. The common paths follows the Danestream with meandering paths never taking you far from the water. The area is an ancient woodland with a large meadow in the Western corner.

The Pleasure Grounds & Danestream Village Walk: From the village centre (near The bridge by the Britannia Thai restaurant) there are many well managed and varied footpaths through woodland alongside the Danestream (according to legend named after a bloody battle between the Saxons & Danes). There is a larger scale map of this & other village & local walks on the Visitor Information Panel in the village car park. The local newsagents also has some maps for other village walks & for walks further afield.

Milford on Sea to Keyhaven Harbour Circular Walk | Distance: Approx 2-3 miles.
Start in an easterly direction from Milford Beach onto the start of Hurst Spit. Cross over the second wooden bridge at the end of Sturt Pond. Follow the road keeping the salt marshes on your right, continue through the gate & along the path. You will then reach Keyhaven Harbour. You can take a break & refreshments at the Gun Inn before returning.

Milford on Sea to Lymington Walk: (Section of The Solent Way) | Distance: 9 miles.
The Solent Way begins in Milford on Sea just to the south of the New Forest. The path initially takes you on the sea front before heading down Hurst Beach on this impressive spit to Hurst Castle. Returning from the spit, the path follows the coast through Keyhaven Harbour, the saltmarshes & pleasant countryside round to the lovely port of Lymington.

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.

Lymington Salt Marshes Walk: A network of leisure paths run from just past The Chequers Inn in Ridgeway Lane, Lymington, SO41 8AH. Discover the remains of the historic salt marsh, & salt marsh docks. Excellent views of sailing lakes, The Solent, Lymington River & Isle of Wight, plus on a windy day you are likely to see kitesurfers and windsurfers.

Lymington & Keyhaven Nature Reserve Walk: The reserve covers nearly 500 acres and is managed by Hampshire County Council’s Countryside Service. Length: 5 miles Time: 2 hours. Hit link to view full details of walk.

The Story of Milford Walking Tour: Regular Walking Tours in Milford & Lymington.
Meet on the village green and take a stroll through the village of Milford on Sea and its lovely wooded Pleasure Grounds while your guide relates how the sleepy hamlet of Milford changed its name and tried to rival genteel Eastbourne. Hear the story of the string of Pearls seven yards long before you end up at the Westover Hotel on the cliff top. Seven further walks are are also available around Lymington. Please hit link for dates of walking tours.

Tanner Lane Beach, Lymington: A hidden gem for a coastline stroll. The area has a small sandy beach directly onto he sea shore and continues around & alondside the estuary of the Lymington River. A great spot for bird & boat watching. Take the Lymington Road towards the village of East End, at the T-junction turn right & continue until the road bends, Tanners Lane is immediately on the right on the bend. This is a narrow lane with little parking, but you will find a space if you are lucky.

The Solent Way Walk: The Solent Way is a 60 mile footpath linking Milford on Sea with Emsworth Harbour, with much of the path following the Hampshire coast line and passing through the New Forest. Through most of it's length you'll also enjoy views of the beautiful Isle of Wight, just a few miles off the Hampshire Coast. The path is generally way marked with a picture of a sea bird on a green background. Click the 'Find out more' link to see photos and brief directions for all 60 miles of the path, split into easy stages.

Lymington to Beaulieu Walk: (Section of Solent Way) | n River then continues a mile or so inland of the coast, giving occasional glimpses to the busy Solent to the east. Soon the path enters the New Forest passing Sowley Pond on the left walking on the quiet road for a little while to beautiful Bucklers Hard on the River Beaulieu. From Bucklers Hard the path follows the edge of the river to Beaulieu.

Lymington River & Walk. A seriously long walk! Length: 6 miles (return) Time: 3 hours.

Barton on Sea Cliff Walk: Marine Drive, Barton on Sea.
Nice place for a pleasant stroll with wide greens on the cliffs overlooking the sea. Barton on Sea is probably better known internationally by geologists for its fossils, & more recently the cliff top is used by paragliders in the summer. The beach is accessible via a cliff path. Ice cream parlour & Beachcomber cafe on cliff top. Roadside parking.

Highcliffe Cliff Walk: Waterford Road, BH23 5JA
Great views as you stroll along the greens on the cliff. There is a sandy beach at the foot of the cliffs accessible from a cliff path. Good parking in what’s known locally as the Crow’s Nest. The Cliffhanger is a nice cafe on the cliff top.

Project Fred Walks & Courses: Local bird watching & nature walks run throughout the year around Keyhaven & Pennington Marshes. Find out about our local wildlife and flora & forna. Short walks & full day activities available, all held at a leisurely pace to ensure the day is also social & fun. Other walks also held in the New Forest & to interesting parts of Dorset. Check current programme by hitting 'find out more' link.

Guided Walks: Currently not running

Walk & Cycle Hampshire: Walk and Cycle Hampshire is a website promoting walking and cycling. It contains trail descriptions, listings of organised events, group contact details, local information and more, it is a useful reference for planning your leisure time.