New Forest Cycling Guide

Cycling in the New Forest is such an experience, get out into the heart of nature on the miles of approved off-road cycle routes. Our unique landscape may lead you to encounter all sorts of surprises such as a pony wandering into your path or a route closed to allow for operational work to take place. Please visit the Forestry England website for information on cycle route closures.

Off road cycling is only allowed on the approved network of tracks. Visit our routes section for more information.

To help you enjoy your New Forest Cycling adventure, we ask that you please follow the Highway Code, the New Forest Code and our New Forest Cycling Guide which is supported by cycling groups and local organisations.

  • Use a map to check and plan your route.
  • Stay on the waymarked network marked with wooden posts.
  • Avoid the smaller, narrow pathways made by animals – using these can cause real damage to wildlife and nature.
  • Be prepared to stop quickly – other cyclists, walkers, horse-riders and free roaming animals can be on the tracks at any time.
  • Obey all safety and diversion signs – some tracks may be temporarily closed for safety reasons.
  • Keep to a safe speed – look out for potholes, uneven surfaces, and cattle grids. 
  • Take care at underpasses – make sure they are clear and safe before entering.
  • Watch out for large forestry and farm vehicles on the tracks.
  • Pass forest animals and horse-riders wide and slow.
  • Use your bell or call out a warning when passing other people – allow them plenty of room.
  • Take litter home.
  • Close gates behind you.
  • Respect the tranquillity of the Forest.


Enjoy your ride!

Copy of the New Forest Cycling Guide and Code from the New Forest National Park Authority and Forestry England South

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