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Lymington Town Information

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Lymington Town Quay - Photo © Mark Pilbeam
Lymington Town Quay - Photo: Mark Pilbeam CCL

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.