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Travelling to Freshwater Bay, West Wight
Isle of Wight

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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.

Old Freshwater

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First Steps
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.

Car drivers
At the traffic island, ignore the right turn to Totland and Freshwater (the bus route)… there is an easier way to Freshwater Bay. Keep in the left-hand lane as you leave the ferry and go straight ahead. Then bear left following the signs to Newport and Ryde. The car park on your right is useful if you want to stroll back to take a look at the pier, castle and town square.
Isle of Wight

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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).

Slight detour
For your first impression of Freshwater Bay, turn left along the Military Road (A3055) towards Ventnor. There is a free National Trust car park on the left, just past the entrance to the golf course. Leave the car and walk over to the cliff-top path to take in the view and fresh air. Enjoy.

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