Pennington offers a range of indoor and outdoor, sporting and social, activities.
Walking and Jogging
There are well-trodden routes around Pennington that are great for walking and jogging. Some of our favorites are listed below:
The Pennington Circuit
This route starts on the Common and takes you north through Upper Pennington. Turning briefly west and then south the route leaves Pennington for a short while as it winds through the Wainsford Estate area. Back in Pennington, the route carries on south through Widbury’s Copse, and across the fields of Lower Pennington almost to Keyhaven. The walk then joins Pennington’s section of the Solent Way heading east towards Lymington. Before crossing the boundary into Lymington the route turns north once more. You can stop in at The Chequers Inn for food, or stop in ten minutes later at The Wheel Inn or The Musketeer in Pennington Village. The route takes you past the cemetery and out onto the Yaldhurst area before returning to Pennington Common. This is a long walk (about four hours non-stop) but is great for a Spring or Summer’s day!
The Solent Way / Pennington Marshes
There are trails marked for running and walking throughout Pennington marshes and along the Solent Way. These can be accessed from Keyhaven, Lower Pennington or The Salterns in nearby Lymington.
The Wigeon Way is marked with green arrows, and is a five KM running trail maintained by Hampshire Country Council. There are a further four marked running trails in total, which range from one KM (The ‘Sanderling Sprint’) up to 10 KM (the ‘Swallow circuit). The map is linked here.
Pennington has three commons: Pennington Common, Middle Common, and Upper Common.
The most regularly used and well known is Pennington Common, which is situated just north of the village between Wainsford, Ramley, Middle Common and Upper Common Road. This common land is used primarily for dog walking, playing (there is a fenced childrens playground), and events.
Middle and Upper Common are slightly further from the residential areas near to the village but are similarly used for dog walking but also occasional grazing.
Yaldhurst Farm walk
There is a public footpath from the end of Yaldhurst lane across the farm and over to the town of Lymington. It can get a bit muddy but there are excellent views year round!
Widbury’s Copse walk
This walk can be the link between walking on the common and getting to the marshes/Lower Pennington. It takes you behind the newer residential areas of Pennington alongside the historically significant Avon Water, which flows from Burley and from as far as Salisbury and meets the Solent at Keyhaven.
For off road or road biking go north on Ramley Road into the New Forest. The Solent Way route to Keyhaven is also perfect but only for off road biking as there is soft gravel.
The skate park at Woodside can be used by BMXers as well as the gravel pit on the east of Pennington Common.
Swimming, Fitness and Gym
New Forest Health and Leisure – at the Priestlands recreation centre – link to website
Drawing, Painting and Crafts
- Strictly Come Crafting at St Marks Church Centre – link to website
- Insired and Create – link to website
- Ewe 2 – link to website
Wild bird photography is extremely popular along the Solent Way and in Pennington marshes.
- St Marks Church groups – link to website
- Womens Institute – link to website
- Residents Association – link to website (more info is available on the Area Guide main page)
- Sports and social club – link to website
- Political organisations
- Local environmental or action groups
- Scouts – link to website