Day 3/4. Christchurch and Lymington

Day 3

Another bright sunny morning so we started the day with a walk along the seafront to Boscombe.  Walking along to the end of the pier we had far reaching views to the Isle of Wight and along the coast.  Boscombe Pier first opened in 1889, but the boomerang shaped Art Deco  entrance wasn’t added until 1958 and is now grade 2 listed.  There used to be a theatre at the end of the pier but this was demolished in 2008 when the pier was renovated.

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Urban Beach Cafe, Boscombe
Just beyond the pier we enjoyed our morning cups of coffee sitting out on the terrace of  the Urban Beach bistro.    It was hard to believe it was February as we sat out in the sunshine watching children play on the beach.

A few miles further along the coast lies Christchurch, an attractive town dominated by its elaborate Priory Church dating back to Norman times. It’s very interesting to tour the ancient church with its vaulted ceilings and view its length as it is the longest parish church in the country and it actually exceeds the size of 21 Englsh cathedrals.

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Christchurch Priory
Adjacent to the priory lies Christchurch Quay, a pleasant riverside promenade where one can both admire the boats moored n the harbour as well as hire rowing and motor boats for short trips.  A large number of swans reside along the sheltered inlet, probably because there are plenty of people around sharing their sandwiches with them!

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Place Water Mill, Christchurch
We then followed the trail known as the ‘Nun’s Walk’ along the side of the priory, the pathway was very scenic and ended at a restored Anglo Saxon water mill ‘Place Mill‘ now used as a gallery during the summer months.  I recommend following this short trail during a visit to the town (see feature photo).

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Christchurch Quay
Feeling hungry, we found a pizzeria for a late lunch and then took a look around the town centre shops before returning to Bournemouth later in the afternoon.  A market is held along the high street in Christchurch each Monday throughout the year.

Day 4

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Lymington Quay
The sunny February weather was too good to last as we woke up to a wet, windy morning.   Not to be deterred, we walked along Bournemouth’s West Cliff as far as Durley Chine watching the large waves crashing along the seashore.  After a leisurely lunch we drove to Lymington located in the adjoining county of Hampshire.  Lymington is a Georgian market town situated on the southern edge of the New Forest mid way between Southampton and Bournemouth.  The town is a well known sailing resort boasting two marinas as well as two sailing clubs.  The high street has a good selection of independent retailers, several chandlers and some clothes sailing shops including Musto.  

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Lymington Quay
A large market is held each Saturday selling local produce , textiles and plants.  I particularly liked the small shop selling freshly caught dressed crabs ready to take home to eat.

It’s very picturesque down by the quay even when the weather isn’t at its best.  Pastel coloured buildings with low mullioned windows add to its charm.  Across the bay,  Wight Link ferries operate a  regular service  between Lymington and the picturesque small town of Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, the journey time taking only 40 minutes.  It’s also possible to take boat trips along the Solent and to The Needles (these are three distinctive chalk stacks that rise out of the sea off the most westerly point of the Isle of Wight).  Along the quay, there are plenty of benches to sit on during the summer where you can relax, admire the view and sample some of the locally made New Forest ice cream.

Returning to Bournemouth, the rain continued to fall but we had still managed to spend an enjoyable day exploring the Dorset / Hampshire coast.

 

 

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15 thoughts on “Day 3/4. Christchurch and Lymington

  1. Sounds like a lot of great sites and activities you covered on your travels through Christchurch and Lymington. Whether you’re travelling as a couple or a family, Dorset certainly has a lot to offer. There’s so many spectacular natural sights to see, along with fun family activities to do. Holidaying in Dorset has become so popular and for good reason! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on your Devon must-do and see activities.

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  2. Shame about the rain especially when you had those gorgeous blue skies the day before!! The walking trail sounds lovely and I’ve briefly been to Lymington in the past you have whetted my appetite to go back, not least to try out some of those crabs!!

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    1. Yes fresh crab salad is absolutely delicious when it’s a bit warmer. We’re having a good time and although it’s half term it’s not very busy. Although we love to travel overseas there are lots of lovely places to visit in the UK too – even if the sunshine isn’t guaranteed!!

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    1. Yes they are both pretty towns. I’m sorry Coral but I didn’t take any inside the Priory but I think there are one or two on the Priory’s own webpage that I linked to rhe post. It’s so interesting inside as there is a large, ornate area beyond the altar which was once the original church.

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