I reckon that the Lymington to Yarmouth crossing is probably the best crossing for an Isle of Wight day trip as a foot passenger. Portsmouth/Southsea to Ryde and Southampton to Cowes/East Cowes have their advantages but Lymington to Yarmouth is my first choice.
Why's that, I hear you politely ask? Well, you arrive in an historic town next door to a castle and can then hop straight onto an open top bus, which tours round some lovely parts of the Isle of Wight coastline.
Wightlink has now come up with a bundle deal called the 'West Wight Wanderer Day Ranger' so I thought we would crunch the numbers and see if it's any good.
How much of a saving is the West Wight Wanderer?
For £30, you get:
So, the best case scenario is a saving of £12.80.
It's a good deal but I would caution that it might not always be the best offer around.
Let's compare the cost of a day trip to the Isle of Wight for a family of four as an example:
Option 1: West Wight Wanderer Day Ranger.
Children aged 5-15 years are charged £18, so the total for two adults and two children would be £96.
Option 2: 'Kids Go Free'
Wightlink currently do a 'kids go free' offer during school holidays for 5-15 years. A family of four would pay for two adult fares (2 x £21 = £42) and can then get a group ticket on the open top bus (£35). If they also needed to pay for a Brockenhurst to Lymington Pier train then it would add on £16.60. That gives a total of £93.60 or £77 if you don't use the rail section of the bundle deal.
What should I do on a day trip from Lymington?
The sommelier would recommend pairing this blog post with this full guide to a days trip from Lymington to the Isle of Wight.
The gist of it is that:
Isle of Wight Guru's Blog