Situated on the coastal edge of the New Forest Park, Harvest House Bed and Breakfast, Milford on Sea is ideally suited to take full advantage of all the surrounding area has to offer.
We have a few ideas to get you started, within the village of Milford on Sea. The village green is the central hub of village life, and is well used for local events. In July we even have a major music festival…
Milford has a well managed and varied footpath system and 22acres of public woodland alongside the Danestream. There are extensive coastal walks; west along the cliff some 2-3 miles to Barton and east along the shore and sea wall towards Lymington passing the salt marshes, now an area recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and well known as a bird sanctuary.
Take a walk along the Spit to Hurst Castle, alternatively take the little passenger ferry that runs from Keyhaven Quay to the Castle.
Bird-watching: Keyhaven / Pennington Marshes. This is just fantastic, even for the beginner there is so much to see and learn.
Cruises: Day trips from Keyhaven Quay (summer only) go to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight. Cruises also run from here taking you to see the Needles and Alum coloured Sands at close quarters.
Bowls: Milford has a first class bowling green. Open daily 10.00-5.00 from 23rd April-30th September. Further details from the Sec: 01425 628550
Sailing: A public slipway at Keyhaven allows visitors to enjoy a day’s sailing from here.
Beaches: Often quiet and uncrowded, Milford’s beaches offer good clean bathing. Just be aware of the currents that can be strong with a spring tide.
And farther afield.
Walking: The footpath network starts just a couple of hundred yards away, and can be accessed through our field gate. Walks from here take you east towards the coast to Lymington ;across the acclaimed Pennington marshes with their wealth of bird life; and beyond on the Solent Way.
Travel west towards Barton on Sea and thence on to Swanage and the dramatic Jurassic coast.Travel north and inland into the heart of theNew Forest with 94000acres of open forest and heathland, meeting forest ponies, donkeys, cattle, and in the pannage season, pigs.
Cycling: Cycling has become enormously popular in and around the New Forest and the cyclist has 100 miles of gravelled off road cycling paths to enjoy. We have a great arrangement with Trax Bike hire. Bikes can be delivered to Harvest House B & B, the night before, ready for an early start.
Trax provide just about everything ; quality Raleigh bikes, checked and serviced after each ride; helmet; wet weather gear; maps and suggested routes; lock; and more and all for a very reasonable £12.00 per day. There is also the Bicycle Barn at Downton, and in Brockenhurst are both Country Lanes Cycle Centre and Cyclexperience
Horse Riding: A superb way to see the Forest
Lymington: Warborne Farm Stables, Pilley: Tel- 01590 673999. Open 8.30-6.00
Hacks by the hour for both beginner and the experienced rider.
New Milton: Burley Villa Riding School,Bashley : Tel- 01425 610278. Open 9.30-5.30
Closed Mondays (except BH). Indoor and Western; Hacks by the hour for both beginners and the experienced rider.
Sims Cottage Stables: Wilverley Road: Tel- 01425 612961. Open 10.00-3.00.
Closed Mondays (except BH). Hacks by the hour for beginners and the experienced rider.
Watersports: Beaulieu, Liquid logistics and Earth Events: 01590 612377. Kayaking and Canoeing.
Barton on Sea Golf Club: Tel- 01425 615308. Green fees from £44.00 per day.
Walhampton Golf Club: Tel-01590 6689631. A public 9 hole course welcoming all levels.
Falconry Courses: Out of town centre Beaulieu; Tel- 01590 612 401
Within a short drive: Beaulieu Motor Museum , Bucklers Hard, Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway, The New Forest Centre at Lyndhurst, a museum and reference library covering the Forest area and, if your stay allows, the Isle of Wight is just across the water.