The Lymington Ferry: take your car and yourself offshore

Here is one way to move on from Dorset,take the ferry to the Isle of Wight.

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The Lymington Ferry is one way to do this though the town is actually in Hampshire but only 13 miles from Bournemouth and can be reached in 30 to 40 minutes.

There is a ferry every 30 minutes to the Isle of Wight during daylight hours with ferries starting at 4am and finishing at midnight when leaving from the mainland side.Fares are £17 for foot passengers and £60 for a car with two adults but do vary according to the day of the week and time of year.

When you arrive at the ferry terminal, which is on the eastern side of the estuary running through the town, you will be directed to a particular lane assuming you are in a car.If you are a foot passenger there is a waiting terminal next to the dock where you can buy drinks and newspapers.It is then just a shot walk to get on the ferry.

Cars are loaded according to the lane you are in.It is a roll on roll off type ferry and the car deck has a lift system which allows it to be raised and more cars parked underneath.Trailers and caravans can also be loaded.

Once the loading is complete you can get out of the car and go up to the passenger deck and either enjoy the view or buy yourself a cup of coffee.

The journey takes about 30 minutes.You pass by the impressive Lymington Yacht Club then out into the open water.Sailing is very popular here and you are likely to see a race around the island,boats with spinnakers up as they head down wind.

Once across the water you will dock at Yarmouth which is at the eastern end of the isle of Wight.From here the first port of call would be the Needle Rocks but I am starting to get off topic here.I will leave it to the excellent Isle of Wight websites to tell you more about this beautiful Island.

To book your car or yourself go to Wight Link.

You can also book to the Isle of Wight from other destinations such as Portsmouth & Southampton.

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