After a nice if rather boggy walk around the aptly named Martley Bog we headed to Woodlands Lodge to check in and relax a bit before dinner.On route we came across a large herd of ponies crossing the road so I took the opportunity to stop and take some more photos. It was good to see them wearing reflective collars to help keep them safe on the roads.
The room was great with a really lovely deep bath and we were provided with doggy towels and blankets and a couple of treats for the girls. Dinner was good, a limited menu but with a good selection. Although we couldn't take the dogs in the main restaurant we ate in the conservatory /bar area which was lovely.
After a good nights sleep I left Justin in bed and headed out into the frosty morning before breakfast with the dogs for a quick explore.
The moon was still up and it was a proper crisp frosty morning.
Another hotel view later in the morning once the sun was out.
After breakfast we headed out to make the most of the daylight . We stopped across the forest at the Wilverley Plain car park on the Burley Road.
The sun was actually quite warm so I think the ponies lying down were catching some rays whilst sheltering from the cold wind. They certainly weren't bothered by our approach
Our last stop was through Lymington to Keyhaven for a quick wander before heading back across the forest and off home. The Lymington and Keyhaven Marshes Local Nature Reserve
runs between the two places and it is a 4 mile walk from one to the other.
We parked up in the small harbour area and just had a quick look with my binoculars to see if there was any interesting bird life around. I spotted a Little Grebe diving, some Gulls, a Sandpiper and Oystercatchers.