Cycling in the New Forest
The New Forest is less than 3 miles away where you can walk free of hindrance from traffic, or comfortably cycle on the gravel tracks. Bicycle hire is available in either Hythe or Brockenhurst or the many other New Forest villages. Most shops will also have maps
There is also in the area a wide variety of local pubs, restaurants and inns whether you are in one of the villages, the Marina or the Forest, Hythe being known as the village where the Forest meets the Sea
Waterside and Hythe Facilities
In the local area there are facilities for activities such as horse riding, golf, indoor swimming/sauna, track cycling and indoor rock climbing. See www.nfdc.gov.uk or www.calshot.com
On the Marina there is a public slipway which is free of charge and suitable for launching dinghies and small powerboats. See www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/mdl-hythe-guide/
Heritage, Stately Homes and Gardens
Hythe and the Waterside was an area from which many military personnel embarked for the D-Day landing in 1944 and there are many relics of that struggle in the area both on the Waterside itself and also in the Forest.
Going back in history are the cathedral cities of Winchester and Salsbury and many of our guests like to visit these towns even if they are not particularly interested in cathedrals
Within the area are a number of famous gardens and stately homes such as Exbury (famous for rhodadendrans and azaleas – this is a picture of the Japanese garden) Beaulieu Abbey Motor Museum and Palace House both within a 4 mile radius from Hythe. See www.exbury.co.uk or www.beaulieu.co.uk
The area has also a rich maritime history, the local pub in Hythe named after Lord Nelson. The name Hythe means a landing place and many famous liners such as Titanic and Queen Mary have hooted their farewell to these shores as they passed by Hythe pier.
But famous boats still come and go as this picture of the modern Queen Mary funnelling it’s way through the mist and waves show
The pier you can see alongside the Queen Mary is also famous as since 1922 a little electric train has been busily conveying passengers along it’s 700 yards of track making it Britain’s oldest continuously operating pier train