Another family day out today in the New Forest which started with drizzle and ended by the coast in glorious sunshine. First we went to Hythe farmer’s market. There were quite a few stalls at Hythe and it was a good market to stroll around for a while. I bought some Loosehanger cheese, ‘bustard with mustard’, ‘chilli and nettle’ and a soft cheese, which had been recommended by a friend who lives near the farm where it’s made (Lover, near Salisbury, which was probably best known for its Post Office which becomes very busy at Valentines). Also picked up some nice Lyburn cheese, ‘Winchester Mature’ and a couple of pints of ‘Easter Bunnies’ which is going down well as I type.
Lovely plant stall, I resisted buying the kiwi fruit!
Hythe is ‘famous’ for its pier which is home to the world’s longest pier train. The pier is 640 metres long and was completed in 1881, the train being introduced in 1922. Chloe and Rachel enjoyed the train while I walked with Emily in the pushchair. A very bracing walk indeed, one nice feature was the messages on the planks, you can pay and have a message engraved on them.
Eventually the train caught up with me!
Then we went off to Lepe Country Park which is on the coast opposite Cowes (IoW).
We made sandcastles on the beach and had a picnic which Chloe finished off with an ice cream.
We were in a cow jam just outside of Beaulieu.
And then we enjoyed a bag of chips overlooking Lymington harbour in glorious sunshine.
Another great day out!