Yesterday was the first of our annual three day-trips by coach. We travelled to Lymington to drop off those not walking (5) and then went on to Barton on Sea to drop off the rest (25 for the long walk, 10.5 miles; 22 for the short one, 6.5 miles). When we boarded the coach (at four points between Godalming and Haslemere) there were no clouds and no wind. By the time we reached the coast, there were clouds and a fresh breeze (Beaufort wind scale 5). Though rain looked likely, none fell and from 13.00 we walked in sunshine. The wind continued all day but, fortunately, was behind us so we were helped on our way.
The long walkers set off first and walked along the cliff top to Milford on Sea, where they stopped for lunch, and then continued on the Solent Way to Keyhaven and Lymington. The short walkers followed to Milford on Sea, branched off on the shingle spit to Hurst Castle, their stop for lunch, took the ferry to Keyhaven and then walked back to Milford to take the coach to Lymington. All arrived in Lymington with enough time for a stop in a cafe and a brief look around the town.
Map: OL 22