Cycle around the New Forest
The New Forest National Park offers a truly special experience. With ancient woodland, heaths, pretty villages, as you cycle you will share the terrain with natural free roaming cattle, ponies and donkeys. There are over 100 miles of car-free approved cycle trails in the New Forest. There are so many options – whether you are serious cyclist with your precious road bike, hybrid or mountain bike or you are looking for a leisurely cycle on hire bikes just for a couple of hours at your own pace.
There are miles of off-road tracks and low-speed roads, where you can enjoy easy and relaxed cycling. Popular leisure routes:
- Two mile cycle between Beaulieu village and Buckler’s Hard mostly along the river path
- 6 ½ mile route between Brockenhurst and Lyndhurst mostly through off-road tracks, the rest is a quiet country lane
- Around 11 miles to take in the Liberty Owl and Reptile centre
- Around 14 miles is the Cycleperience Brockenhurst Balmer Lawn route, largely off road with easy to ride forest tracks through woodland
- Around 12-18 miles Deer Sanctuary ride guided by Forest Leisure Cycling.
There are many other routes suitable for families with opportunities to stop at tea shops, pubs and to admire the wildlife and the spectacular scenery.
Bike hire is available in:
- Beaulieu village
The majority of cycling in the New Forest is off-road. The cycle network is easily accessible by rail or road so you can bring your own bikes or hire them when you arrive. The bike hire firms offer guided rides as well as provide suggested routes.
For the more advanced cyclist there are long distance cycle routes which offer off-road and road trips. Lyndhurst to Burley is a 25 mile route. Forest Leisure Cycling suggest a 32 mile challenging ride starting from their base in Burley.
Cyclexperience offer a circular 23 mile route from their base in Brockenhurst through Lymington, along the Solent to Keyhaven.
The cycle hire shops have plenty of information and advice as well as offering repairs and essentials to buy or hire.
There’s no shortage of country pubs, tea rooms and new forest ponies to remind you that you are in the New Forest.