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Things to do in and around Milford on Sea

Young hiker walking through woodland.


Young woman biking through countryside meadow.


Man and his dog standing on a bridge

Dog Walking

There are plenty of places to cycle, there is a cycle path from Keyhaven to Lymington otherwise head into the New Forest where there are plenty of cycle paths. There are some routes in the cottage for you to borrow.

There are so many places to walk your dog but if you are going to the beach then please check as at some times of year dogs are not allowed on the beach especially at Mudeford. In the Forest it is sensible to keep them on the lead as the New Forest has suffered with Alabama rot.

From Milford you can walk to Hurst Castle over Hurst spit ( approx 1.5 miles). There is also a ferry from Keyhaven to the Castle. There is an information shop for Hurst Castle in Milford where you can check opening times. It is an English Heritage property so make sure you take your passes.


You can also walk to Barton on Sea over the cliff tops, stopping off at the Beachcomber Cafe on the cliff top at Barton for a cup of tea and a piece of cake before heading back!


It is less than a mile to Keyhaven and from there you can walk round the back of the village,  and head all the way up to Lytton lawn campsite or Braxton Gardens before heading back along the main road to the village.


There are Victorian Pleasure Gardens thorough the village which follow the river. We have left a map of Milford in the cottage for you to use.


If you are feeling brave take the coastal path from Keyhaven to Lymington. It is a long way but worth the effort and with some great views.


Further afield you can park at Hengistbury Head car park and walk all the way to Boscombe and on to Bournemouth.


Alternatively park at Highcliffe Castle and walk to Mudeford then  take the short ferry ride over to Hengistbury and take a walk along the beach or for a longer walk you can walk round to Hengistbury Head. There are several good cafes in the area for you to re fuel.


Of course the New Forest is on the door step and there are so many places to walk in the Forest. If you want a way-marked trail then park at Wilverley Plain and take one of the trails from the car park . Alternatively try some of the walking routes we have left for you or try your own (there are maps in the Cottage).


If you want to go even further afield take the ferry from Lymington to the Isle of Wight, we have left details of our favourite walk on the Island but there are any number and there are walking festivals twice a year on the Island.



The beaches in the locality are very clean and many people swim from the Milford beaches and beyond. There is a paddle boarding shop in the village (The New Forest Paddle Sport Company) or head to Shore Sports in Mudeford. Christchurch Harbour is very shallow so great for a paddle boarding learner!


Bird Watching

There is so much to see!  There is a hide at Sturt Pond, owls can be seen and heard at Keyhaven and there are many sea birds on the marshes.



The Regent Centre in Christchurch is very good and beautiful inside. Closer to home is the Lymington Community Centre Cinema.


The Community Centre here in Milford always has things going on from films to out of a hat productions!



Get some bacon scraps from the butcher in the village and head to Sturt pond.  


It's fun for the young and young at heart!




In the village the Co op and Hollands are very good, again watch out for winter opening hours.  There are plenty of shops in Lymington from Waitrose to Marks and Spencer Simply Food and a small Tesco. For a bigger Tesco you need to head to New Milton.  


Other things to do

There is so much to do in Milford!  There is a calendar in the window at Boots or on the web.  There is a Food Festival and Music Festival in Milford. The Bournemouth Air Show takes place in late August /early September.  Every other year in June Milford gardens open to the public for one weekend. There are also local gardens in the NGS including Pylewell which is a must see.


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