Our Bench - New Forest Accessible Accommodation

Discover Lymington and Pennington

Our Bench offer family and wheelchair accessible self catering holiday accommodation in Lymington - we would love you to book and stay for a weeks holiday or an out of season break, so we have included a few locations and activity ideas in the Lymington area to enjoy. There are further ideas of places to visit within the New Forest National Park and on some of our favorite Day Trips here. This is not an exhaustive list: facilites, accessibilty, costs and opening hours can vary at any time, so we would recommend that you do your own research to check suitability for you!

Lymington Charter Market

Lymington’s Charter Market takes place every Saturday in the bustling High Street from 8am to 4pm and is one of the New Forest’s hidden gems.

There are approximately 100 stalls every week selling a manner of edible treats from olives, breads, cakes, fudge, pies, fruit and vegetables to take home with you. Stalls range from plants, local food produce, household goods and craft items. There is something to suit all budgets, whether looking for a hand crafted gift for a loved one or a special souvenir of your trip.It’s a superb day out. Visit Lymington Market for more details.

Lymington Quay and Quay Hill

At the bottom of Lymington High Street is the cobbled Quay Hill - there is limited access to some of the shops and restaurants due to their historic interest, but if you do brave the cobbles and the hill, round the corner you will discover Lymington Quay. (There is an alterntive route - turn right at the bottom of the High Street - follow the road to the left and turn left again.) Lymington is one of the UK’s premier yachting centres and is located in an enviable position at the ‘gateway’ to the western Solent making it a popular destination for sailors, power boaters and cruisers throughout the season. The harbour is easily accessible with deep water access to all visitor mooring areas, pop down to the Quay, watch the sailors, enjoy a river cruise or a pirate boat trip*. Sit on the quayside and enjoy a coffee from one of the nearby coffee shops, a Gin & Tonic or a pint in the sunshine - from The Ship Inn, lovely meals too.

Children love crabbing on the quayside too and buckets and lines are available in the local shops, or you can borrow one from us. Details about Lymingon Harbour.

Lymington Sea Water Baths

Seasonal opening but a fantastic family fun all day - they have 200 metres of inflatable obstacle courses, stand up paddle boards, aqua jousting, children’s splash pool and more. They have disabled access & facilities. If the weather is hot and sunny - you need to arrive early to ensure your spot on the poolside. Sea Water Baths.

Lymington to Keyhaven Nature Reserve

Lymington–Keyhaven Nature Reserve, covers nearly 500 acres between the mouth of the Lymington River and the village of Keyhaven. There are several attractive circular walks on local footpaths which cross the area, the adjacent mudflats and salt marshes are home to huge numbers of migrating birds, you can have fantastic views of the wildlife, enjoy views accross the Solent to the Isle of Wight. Ideal to explore by bike or foot. Nature Reserve Guide and Map of Walks

St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery

St Barbe Museum allows you to discover more about the New Forest coast, it's maritime heritage and how smugglers made profits locally and more. There are interactive exhibits for families, changing exhibitions, an amazing art gallery and a modern independent coffee shop called the Old School Cafe - named after the building in which it is housed. For more details visit St Barbe Museum Web Site - you can read their accessible guide too.

The Malt Cinema

Lymington Cinema is a friendly community cinema, which showcases a number of films and theatre shows. You can see what is on here. It is easy to access and there is wheelchair viewing at all performances.

Lymington Health and Leisure

Lymington has a 25 meter main pool with easy accessible steps and designated accessible changing rooms, there are fun time sessions with floats and toys on both Saturdays and Sundays for families. A gym with various fitness classes, are also available - none members are welcome to use the facilities. You can find there web site here: Lymington Health and Leisure.

Pennington Common

At the end of the road you can discover Pennington Common - this is part of the New Forest National Park and is home to our nearest play park. The common is regularly home to the Coles Fun Fair, the circus and other community events. Details of any events we try and share on our facebook page.

Parks and plagrounds

We were recently asked about disabled friendly playgrounds so have started to collect details. In Lymington and Pennington there ia wheelchair accessible roundabout at Woodside Park, Rookes Lane, Lymington. Deneside Copse Play Park, Pennington, Lymington has a DDA compliant roundabout and basket swing. (details provided by Lymington town council - May 2019). East Boldre play park has a basket swing. Dudley Avenue play area in Hordle has a ‘roadway’ which has a variety of interactive board for imaginative play and is accessible by gravel paths, as well as nest swings. Hope this may help.

Lymington to Yarmouth Ferry

There are regular ferries from Lymington to the Isle of Wight - it is just a 40 minute crossing. The views from the ferry across the Solent are stunning and there is so much to explore on the island. We would recommend advance booking your day trip - if you are a bluebadge holder discounts are available. Once on the island you can choose to explore Yarmouth, take a bus tour, or take a drive on the islands roads - your guide to getting around the Island.

New Forest Adventure Golf

Open all year round, New Forest Adventure* golf is an exciting concept in mini golf built with families in mind. It has been created to mirror the New Forest with 18 holes - the uneven terrain which includes two flowing rivers, Boltens Bench, a landmark in Lyndhurst, a pulley operated ferry! In the summer months there is also a lovely pick your own fruit nearby with picnic area and cafe. Their strawberries taste delicious!

Lymington Sailabilty

Lymington SailAbility is a charity that provides sailing and power boat opportunities for people with disabilities. It provides a safe environment that still allows the sense of freedom and exhilaration that sailing can give. Whilst they are not a life saving charity, they can be life changing, often giving people trapped by a disability a sense of control and enjoyment they thought they had lost. More details.

Lymington Golf Centre

Lymington golf centre is offers a 9 hole and 18 hole course, open to non-members all year round. Booking is advisable as they hold regular member events and the course can be busy at peak times. Visitors can book up to seven days in advance and the booking number is 01590 689631.

New Forest Tour Bus

A seasonal open top bus guides you through the magical New Forest with an audio commentary bringing the New Forest to life. Two of the routes stop in Lymington, you can enjoy either circular tour or change buses on route. If you are planning on using the routes more than once, check out the offers on their web site. This is a great way to explore especially if you are looking for a car free holiday. Details of routes and timetables can be found here.

Pennington Mobility

Pennington Mobility gets a mention here - it is a mobility showroom in our village, next door to the Pharmacy they hold in stock a huge variety of essential care equipment and accessories.

Changing Places

Chaning places in LymingtonThere is a changing places toilet on Bath Road in Lymington. Changing places, Lymington. This facility is located close to the slipway, where you can see the local life boat launch, walk along the water front to the right and discover the marines, watch or enjoy the facilities at Lymington's Sea Water |Baths - which although established in 1933, now is home to South Coast’s biggest inflatable obstacle course, there is is coffee and ice cream available from the kiosk - so you can just sit outside and enjoy the boats. Alternatively turn right and you discover Bath Road park home to a fantastic children's play area overlooking Lymington River and the Lymington Band Stand which regularily hosts events on Sundays during the summer. Bath Road is also home to a number of artist markets during the summer months and Lymington Sea Food Festival.

Lymingtnon Quay

Crabbing on Lymington Quay

New Forest Adventure Golf

New Forest Adventure Golf

Guest recommendation

Lymington Sea Water Baths

Where shall we eat tonight?

Staying Home

Not everyone wants to go out to eat whilst on holiday - so we have some great ideas to get you started, if you would prefer a quiet evening in.

  • Shopping Delivery - Tesco, Asda and Sainsburys all offer this service locally - there may be others. You can arrange for you food delivery to arrive between 10am and 1pm on the Friday of the start of your holiday and we will bring it in for you, or any other time that suits you.
  • Book an A la Carte home cooked meal - local caters - 7th Wave Events are able to cater for a family meal, BBQ or picnic - if you are arrange to meet up with friends locally - they are a fantastic outside caterers.
  • Takeway with delivery - there are a number of local takeaways that will deliver - if you would like Pizza, there is a Domino's, there is Rokalis in New Milton which deliver authentic Indian curries to Lymington and offer online ordering, Dream Gourmet - offer Chinese, Thai & Mayaysian Takeaway, Koh Thai offer a delivery, collection and eat in service with a Pescetarian and gluten free options.
  • Takeaway - at Foxpond (SO41 8DW - there is a selection of takeways including Indian (Forest Tandoori), Chinese, Thai, Fish and Chips, the nearest fish and chip shop is on the village square and can be recommended. Rivaaz also have a great india menu (and are in St Thomas' Street) - they cater for gluten free clients
  • Home cooking made easy - Lymington has its very own Cooks where you can buy homecooked frozen meals, you can shop online and collect after 2 hours - their entrance has a large step - we only have a small freezer in the cottages - but this is the perfect treat if you want home cooking without the effort.

Eating Out

There are lots of pubs, restaurants and coffee shops in the Lymingon area that are worth a visit, we are not able to list them all - but we will suggest just a few of our favorites that you are welcome to try.

  • The Six Bells, Wetherspoons - this is a split level restaurant within the building, step free access available - we think it is great that you can download their app, order from your phone and pay at the table.
  • The White Hart - a dog friendly pub with a quiz night on a Monday evening. They try to include New Forest grown products in their menu.
  • The Wheel Inn*, a community pub run for the community by the community - locally sourced light lunches, open mike nights and other community events.
  • The Monkey House, has live music every Sunday - and is one the largest free houses in Lymington, situated in the old Toll House, it has a great atmosphere and daily specials! Not all areas are wheelchair accessible so please let them know you if you require access when booking.
  • The Ship Inn is on Lymington Quay - you can dine inside or on the harbourside... there is a great range of cocktails too. A G&T on the quayside on a summers evening is recommended!
  • The Mayflower* - whether you wish to start the day with a full English Breakfast, or enjoy something off their a la carte menu - or enjoy a pint in their large beer garden - the Mayflower is a great place to relax.
  • Walhampton Arms, just outside Lymington with great parking, this old diary hosts a regular quix on the first Friday of the month, they have a fantastic carvey available on Sunday and Mondays and senior specials at lunch time during the week.

Don't want a pub?

The choice does not end with pubs - if you are after fine dining - it is well worth checking out what Stanwell House has to offer, alternatively The Mill at Gordleton fabulous restaurant that overlooks the river.

Lymington is also home to a couple of Indian Restaurants, a pizza restaurant, an Italian restuarant, a Burger and Lobster bar, Thai restaurants and traditional English - there is something for every budget. You can view some of the local favorites here on Trip Advisor.

Cafes

Cafes are a great place for breakfast and lunch - Lymington is home to a number of well known chains, some of our favorite coffee places are tucked away, so thought we would share them with you.

  • Lounges - off Lymington High Street has a lovely outside courtyard where you can often sit in the sunshine out the wind and enjoy a coffee and cake - they are dog friendly, and dogs often get a complimentary treat.
  • Mabels Cafe is situated just outside Lymington at Shallowmead Nursery - full accessible and opening onto a courtyard garden, it is one of our favorite places for coffee.
  • The Gardeners Retreat offer breakfast light lunches and Sunday Roast, hidden inside another garden centre this tends to be missed on the tourist trail.
  • Bridges of Lymington*, a family run business at the top of the High Street, known locally for caring for their customers and accommodating your dietary requests - Vegan, Gluten free and has 30 flavours of tea!
  • New Forest Ice Cream Parlour - New Forest Ice Cream is made here in Lymington, and they have their very own ice cream parlour at the top of Quay Hill. They usually have over 20 flavours to choose from.If you choose a coffee it comes with a complimentary mini cone - a lovely treat for parents!

NB - * We don't feel this is accesible to wheelchairs or power users, but they facilities may have been updated - we advise you check.