(Brockenhurst to Lymington)

NAME: Lymington River.

WHERE IS IT?:It runs out of the New Forest (Hants) via Brockenhurst to Lymington.

PUT-INS/ TAKEOUTS: You can put it at Brockenhurst by the Balmer Lawn Hotel. (big carpark opposite hotel) It is also possible to get in at Rhinefield but I believe that this section is very 'woody'. The road crosses just outside Brockenhust - launching here should be no problem.

Get outs are at Bolder bridge or at the causeway at Lymington. Parking tight.

APPROX LENGTH: 7 Miles from Brockenhurst to Lymington.


ACCESS HASSLES: Not Known - there is trout fishing on this stretch - we avoided the season. Home owners did not seem to mind us at the bottom of their gardens. Small quiet groups needed!

WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: We paddled it when the gravel bank at the get in was about 3-4 m wide. This resulted in a couple of scrapey sections but not bad in general. The water usually stays up for a few days after rain.

GRADING: 1 with weirs.

MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: One double weir about an hour after the get in. Easily protaged river left. Probably shootable but the line out of the lower weir was blocked by a tree in 2001 when I last did the river.

There are tree dams at regular intervals on the first 3-4 miles of the trip.

Some fences trail into the water - could be nasty at higher levels.

At the causeway there is a tidal gated weir. At low springs the drop is 5-6 foot into a closed stopper. There is a lot of structure around the gates. Inspection from above is impossible as there is a slope down to the main drop. You can only really inspect from a boat below the weir - this means carring over the embankmant and road. We ran it blind when it had a 2-3 ft drop and it was OK. This is not a place to swim! The gates only open 2/3 of the way back and there is plenty of water piling up onto them when the river is flowing well.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: To section (to Bolder) is a beautiful small woodland stream. There are a lot of tree dams. We sneaked over 4 or 5 and walked round another 4 or 5. Some of the time you are moving behind peoples gardens.

Once past Bolder you are into open fields and then large reed beds. All very beautiful - otters are reported to be in this section.

OTHER NOTES: A nice, if odd trip. Not worth traveling far for but if you are local might be worth a go.

CONTRIBUTED BY: Richard Seaby and Ken Spurway.



Community Forum Comments on this Article
Re: RIVER LYMINGTON (Brockenhurst to Lymington) -- Tony Graham
2017 Feb 15 11:26:05 AM
Yes, I paddled the river about a year ago with one other. I had heard that there can be one objector in the name of Roydon Manor, however we saw no-one. Yes the river has many obstacles but its fun all the same. The weir is probably shootable but worth a visual check first, otherwise carry on lefthand bank. We managed to slide sideways (just!) under the footbridge after Boldre Bridge and, once close to Lymington, carried across the road and re-launched.....continuing down to the Harbour Masters slip by the Yacht/Sailing clubs. Ideally you want a reasonable amount of water but not too much to squeeze under the bridges.
Re: RIVER LYMINGTON (Brockenhurst to Lymington) -- Riversource
2016 Jun 12 07:00:16 PM
looking for some more up to date info on this river, has anyone paddled it more recently?
Re: RIVER LYMINGTON (Brockenhurst to Lymington) -- DavidKendall
2014 Aug 25 06:01:37 PM
does anyone out there fancy doing this trip sometime soon? I live in Lymington and had been planning to give it a go.
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