Welcome to Lymington Town Tours
31 years ago, the late Jack Bradbury, having retired to Lymington, realised that he had stumbled across a rare jewel steeped in history, mystery and skullduggery and Lymington Town Tours was born.
From offering one short walk in 1986 Lymington Town Tours now boasts an enviable repertoire of walks, each offering it’s own fascinating insight into different aspects of life in and around the town. Do you know where Donkey Cottage is ? What is a crinkle crankle wall? Who was JH and why do his initials and the date 1773 appear in the Angel Hotel yard?
We now offer ten walks, each with a different route or theme, and we include a walk around "Donkey Town" – Pennington – and two walks at Milford-on-Sea.
If you would like to join us on a walk, just turn up at the start, there is no need to book. Most walks last about 90 minutes and go at a leisurely pace. Your guide can tell you about the town’s history, its buildings, its interesting characters, and we have a host of good stories to entertain you with.
All our guides are volunteers and we have no official financial backing, so we do welcome a realistic donation at the end of the walk to cover our running costs.
We also offer private walks for individuals or groups and have a series of talks - "armchair walks" - which can be booked.
The walks are not stuffy history lessons but aim to paint an accurate picture of Lymington through time and to allow you to imagine what life must have been like for the people living in the town. Many locals use the walks to introduce their guests to the town and end up being amazed at how much they have learned themselves.
- In 2018 we are re-launching our "Buckland and the Rings" walk which takes you through the once small hamlet of Buckland to explore the Iron Age settlement at Buckland Rings on the outskirts of the town.
- "Voices from the Grave" joins the ever popular "Story of Milford" walk and is concentrated on the Church and churchyard where we are introduced to some of the more colourful characters to be found within. Whilst not long in distance this walk is packed with interest and starts at the Lych Gate. The story of the "Battling Bishop" will surprise you.
- The "Secrets of Pennington" walk takes you around "Donkey Town" and delves into some of the village’s hidden secrets. This walk begins on the green at the junction of Highfield and the A337 just before "Waitrose" and finishes at Pennington Cross.
Each walk last approximately 90 minutes, and is conducted at a leisurely pace - often ending near a pub ....... so a perfect way to enjoy a stroll with a difference!