Located on the banks of
Southampton Water, at the mouth of Lymington
river, this small town is now a major yachting
centre although its harbour once rivalled
Southampton and Portsmouth in importance. In
its heyday it was the departure point for
flying boats owned by Imperial Airways. Its
prosperity, however, was based on salt
refining. Old salt-pans can still be seen.
Nearby is atmospheric Hurst Castle, one of a series of bastions built by Henry VIII to guard against coastal invasion. Charles I was briefly imprisoned in the castle before being marched off to London to be executed.