The Lymington Town Tours Walks

Our walks take you on a journey through the history of Lymington from the Iron Age fort at Buckland Rings right through to the present day thriving centre for yachting and tourism. It was following the Norman Conquest in 1066 that Lymington, as we know it today, came into being.

Lymington, one of the first ‘new towns’ to be planned by the Normans, still hosts a vibrant market every Saturday, a tradition which has continued for some 800 years from when the town was laid out as a centre for trade in around 1200. It is commonly believed to be the oldest continuous market in Great Britain and continues to draw people from far and wide to its wide High Street and colourful market stalls.

The Story of Lymington

The Story of Lymington

The Story of Lymington walk takes you through the heart of the town and follows Lymington’s journey from Norman times when it was a planned new town, with a thriving port, through to the present day centre for tourism, sailing and retirement.

Much of the original Norman layout survives but with the prosperity of Georgian times the timber-framed houses were replaced in the fashionable style of the day using brick.

Much of the wealth in the town at that period came from the salt industry and as you walk down the present High Street you will see some of the elegant Georgian buildings which survive today.

This walk begins at St Thomas’s Church and ends at the Town Quay

The Story of Lymington

Sea, Salt and Smuggling

Take this walk along the waterfront and find out how important the river has always been to the town of Lymington. From a time when the Quay was a very rough working area with sailing ships bringing coal in to fuel the salt making industry and then shipping the salt all over the world.

Another source of wealth in the town up until the Victorian era was smuggling and Daniel Defoe found the town ‘teeming with smugglers and all sorts of desperados’.

In Victorian times Lymington was also a fashionable spa for sea water bathing and its renaissance as a place of leisure and enjoyment began.

This walk begins at the Town Quay and ends at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, Bath Road

Lymington Courts and Alleyways

Courts and Alleyways

Our Courts and Alleyways walk gives you the opportunity to explore some of the interesting nooks and crannies of the High Street and find out what domestic life was like in Lymington in days past.

Until 1745 the butchers still killed their animals in the street Shambles and living at the bottom of Quay Hill after a heavy downpour was probably not a pleasant experience!

This walk begins at St Thomas’s Church and ends in the High Street

Lymington Courts and Alleyways

Pens and Personalities

From Dennis Wheatley’s satanic novels to Captain Marryat’s ‘Children of the New Forest’ Lymington has more links with books and their writers than you might think.

Come and hear about some of the literati of Lymington and discover where they gained the inspiration to put pen to paper.

This walk begins at St Thomas’s Church and ends in the High Street

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