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The fun way to the beach

Oct 2021

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05 Oct 2021 | 11:08

Beach Bus
Although the weather may be a bit chillier now, I hope I can warm you up with thoughts of more summery times.

Today, I’m talking about the Beach Bus. Operated by More as Route 99 (and/or Route 112), it ran between the Hampshire towns of Lymington and Hythe from July – September.

Our starting point is at Lymington, which is an attractive and spacious town with a wide main street. Here you can take a stroll along the quay and watch the fishing boats come and go.

We catch our first bus (it’s a Route 112 in 2016, as the stop sign in the photo below shows) from Gosport Street.
Gosport Street
Lymington, Hampshire

(Credit: Lee Wilkins)

As we head out of the town, we travel through New Forest villages of thatched cottages to Bucklers Hard. Here we can explore the unique 18th-century village and visit the museum.

After an extended stop at the Hard, the next bus we catch takes us to Beaulieu. This picture postcard village, with donkeys and ponies roaming the streets, is home to the National Motor Museum, one of the finest museums of its kind in the world.

Back on the bus once more, we head out to the famous Exbury Gardens. This features many beautiful plants, trees, and shrubs, set in 81ha (200ac) of tranquil gardens.

Our next stop is what puts the ‘beach’ into Beach Bus. Lepe has a delightful country park (where we get a free ice cream when we show our bus ticket), a visitor centre, a café and, of course, a beach!

After an extended stop at Lepe Country Park, we pick up the bus once more and head to Hythe. Here we can stroll along the pier and watch the big cruise ships and liners as they sail past.

With the day still warm and sunny, we catch our final bus at the ferry terminal and head off — tired but happy — back to Lymington.

The BW team had a fabulous day out on the Beach Bus five years ago; sadly, however, it is no more — it ran for the last time in 2017. A real shame! I hope, though, that our trip has managed to conjure up some happy summer memories for you to reminisce about as we head into autumn.

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