The Wightlink car and passenger ferry from Lymington in Hampshire brings you to Yarmouth. Rail travellers can buy a combined train/ferry ticket. Change at Brockenhurst on the routes to Bournemouth from London and Reading. There is an airport bus from Heathrow to Woking station. By train from Gatwick, change at Clapham Junction. The nearest airport to the Island is Southampton; it has its own railway station.
Drivers crossing the New Forest from the M27 pass through the busy crossroads at Lyndhurst. An alternative route is the A326 near Totton, and then the B3054 via Beaulieu to the Isle of Wight ferry terminal.
Be careful as you approach Lymington. The road to the ferry terminal is on the left immediately before you start to cross the estuary’s causeway. There is no sign in advance as you go round the double bends. Wightlink has off-peak and short break offers. Book on-line at www.wightlink.co.uk for the best deal.
When you step off the ferry from Lymington, the bus stops are all on your right, beyond the taxi ranks, by Yarmouth yacht harbour. The number seven bus towards Alum Bay brings you to Church Place, Old Freshwater. We could meet you at the Red Lion and bring your luggage ahead. Wear suitable shoes if you want to walk through Afton Marsh to Freshwater Bay.
Carry on eastwards with the Solent on your left. Take the right turn for Thorley (B3401). Now follow the signs straight ahead to Freshwater, ignoring the left turn to Thorley and Wellow. You will pass Lower Ham Copse, Wilmingham Dairy Farm and Toll Gate Cottages. At the t-junction, turn right for Freshwater (B3399) and continue past the Apple Farm and café (on your left). At the crossroads turn left for Freshwater Bay and Rosedale (see map for The Square).