Local area

Saltmarshes, Keyhaven, near 2 Coastguard Cottages self-catering holiday home, Hampshire, UK
Saltmarshes, Lymington-Keyhaven Nature Reserve

Keyhaven is ideally positioned to explore both the south coast of Hampshire and the New Forest National Park.

Lymington-Keyhaven Nature Reserve
The Keyhaven and Pennington Marshes Reserve lies within the New Forest National Park. It is a beautiful area of coastline characterised by mudflats and salt marshes and is of international importance, being renowned for the large numbers of breeding, feeding and roosting birds that it supports throughout the year. The area is grazed by New Forest ponies and cattle.

More information on the Lymington-Keyhaven Nature Reserve and its bird life.


Beaulieu Heath, New Forest, near Keyhaven self-catering holiday home, Hampshire, UK
Beaulieu Heath, New Forest

The New Forest National Park
Keyhaven forms part of the coastal zone of the New Forest National Park. The main area of the parkland is slightly further in land; about 15 minutes away by car, 30 minutes by bike and about one hours walking distance before you reach the wonderful wide expanses of these ancient hunting grounds.

The New Forest is a mix of open heathland, ancient woodland and peat bogs; it is a fantastic place for walking, cycling and horse riding. We would strongly recommend that you equip yourself with ordinance survey maps and walking or cycling guidebooks before exploring the area in this way.

Ferry from Keyhaven from Hurst Castle
Little ferry boat from Keyhaven to Hurst Castle

Read more about the New Forest:
New Forest background
New Forest news
New Forest Guide
Cycle routes

Other places to visit
Hurst Castle Spit and Museum
Isle of Wight and The Needles
Beaulieu Village and the National Motor Museum
Exbury Gardens
New Forest Wildlife Park

Other useful websites
Keyhaven Yacht Club
Hurst Castle Sailing Club
Cycle hire
The New Forest Paddle Sports Company

Wining and dining
There are some wonderful places to eat and drink nearby; here a few suggestions:

Verveine Fish market Restaurant, Milford on Sea
This is an innovative, award-winning fish restaurant with their own in-house specialist fishmongers. A wonderful uniquely creative gastronomic experience; we would advise you to book in advance.

Faros Greek Restaurant, Milford on Sea

A little further away but well worth it:

The East End Arms, East End the other side of Lymington
A traditional country pub and restaurant located in the beautiful New Forest National Park. As much food as possible is from local sources, as are the locally brewed ales. Again we would advise that you book in advance.