Are you one of the 70% of Brits who never cycle?

Or maybe you’re one of the 42% who have access to a bike but don’t use it?

Either way you are 100% missing out so why not make time to change all that by rekindling your love affair with two wheels in the New Forest?

Whether you’re a wobbly beginner, a new returner, on a family day out or a track and off-road fan, we’ve got the ride for you. From the tiny two-miler from Beaulieu to Buckler’s Hard, to the scenic 25 mile ride from Lyndhurst to Burley – we’ve got it covered.

We have more than 100 miles of cycle routes in the New Forest, with around 98 per cent off-road.

For a medium 15-mile route, try our Hyde to Fritham ride, which you can easily extend or shorten – with lots of lovely foodie stops – start off at Abbotswell Car Park and join the cycle network to Fritham village. Next stop is Eyeworth Pond and then it’s onto Fordingbridge and Godshill before coming round to Stuckton Road and back to Abbotswell.

The Lyndhurst to Hatchet Pond route is even easier, taking you along eight miles of gravel track with just half a mile on the public road.

And getting here couldn’t be simpler. Parking in the rural forest is generally free so pick a route, strap the bikes to the car, pitch up and get going!

Our off-road cycle network is easily accessible by rail, too, and if you choose to hop off at Brockenhurst you’ll be in the New Forest’s cycling capital.

Don’t own a bike? Or fancy experimenting with something different? (Our quieter roads are a great place to try out a different bike.) Get along to Cyclexperience in Brockenhurst where they have hundreds of bikes & various attachments to choose from, including tandems, tag-alongs and even a doggy-trailer for your four-legged friend. They also do repairs and have inclusive bicycles for cyclists with conditions such as multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy.

Or try Forest Leisure Cycling at Burley who are celebrating their 21st birthday and offer free parking for customers and more than 250 adults and kids’ bikes to chose from. How about their more recently introduced sister-shop The Woods Cyclery in the perfect location at Lyndhurst High Street. Bikes can also be hired from Godshill (at Sandy Balls Holiday Village) and Fordingbridge (at Hockey’s Farm).

And if you’re staying overnight be sure to check into one of our 70 hotels, guest houses, B&Bs and self-catering cottages who have signed up to our Cyclists’ Welcome scheme – so you’ll be assured of all the help and assistance you need to enjoy the perfect New Forest Cycling break.

All you need to know is that because our park is home to at least 5,000 roaming ponies, plus cattle and, during the autumn, some delightful pigs, we have a cycle code (please see below) to try and ensure that everyone, on two wheels or four legs stays safe.

As the spring turns into summer, there’s no better time to become a cyclist again, and no better place to start than the New Forest.


Be Considerate

  • Ride positively and well clear of uneven road edges but with consideration for other road-users. To allow vehicles to overtake safely, leave gaps for them to pull into and move into single file when necessary and safe to do so. Never ride more than two abreast.
  • Off road, cycle only on the waymarked network of Forestry Commission tracks, bridleways, byways, restricted byways and designated routes.
  • Use this map to plan your route, check for route closures, and try to be off Forest tracks by sunset.
  • Be polite to other cyclists, motorists, pedestrians and residents.
  • When passing people and animals, use your bell or call out a warning and allow them plenty of room. Be prepared to stop if necessary.
  • Do not drop litter or feed the animals; human food and litter are a danger to them.
  • Close gates behind you so the animals don’t stray.
  • Respect the quiet of the Forest.

    Be Safe

  • Pass animals slowly and to one side if possible.
  • Take extra care near horse riders; a kick or fall from a horse could be fatal. Be prepared to stop. Use your bell or call out a friendly warning well in advance. When it is safe, pass wide and at walking pace, to one side only. Look out for any reaction from the horse.
  • Keep to a safe speed, on and off road, particularly on narrow lanes, steep hills and bends. Look out for pot holes, poor surfaces and cattle grids.
  • Look out for and obey safety signs. Do not pass large vehicles and trailers until you know it is safe to do so.
  • Ensure you are visible by wearing bright or reflective clothing. Use lights after dark and in poor daytime visibility.
  • Avoid the use of earphones.




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