About the Village of Pilley
Pilley is a quiet New Forest village just outside Lymington. The village has a Post Office, pub (The Fleur de Lys), village school and village hall. New Forest ponies roam down the roads, and Pilley is not far from open heathland and New Forest enclosures. A few minutes down the road to Boldre and you'll find another pleasant New Forest pub, the Red Lion.
A mile or so away from Pilley is Boldre Church, which is popular for New Forest weddings (see picture on the lower right). Minutes away from Boldre Church is Royden Lane, which leads into Royden Woods, a nature reserve which you can walk through to Brockenhurst.
Pilley makes a good base for visiting the New Forest, as it is convenient for Brockenhurst, where you will find numerous New Forest walks, as well as mountain bike hire for the gravel cycle tracks going out into the forest outside Brokenhurst, and horse riding schools that cater for beginners. Pilley is also only a few minutes from Lymington, where there's a Saturday market and you can take a ferry or pleasure boat from Lymington Quay over to the Isle of Wight. Beaulieu and its famous motor museum are also within easy reach, as are numerous pleasant walks, including those over Beaulieu Heath with its second world war aerodrome, and picturesque Hatchet Pond. There are also many walks through enclosures at Lady Cross Lodge on the road from Hatchet Pond to Brockenhurst, or at Norley Wood, which is just a few minutes drive from Pilley.
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