I’m sure you’ve heard of painting by numbers. Well, in the New Forest you can do cycling by numbers!
You can enjoy the 100 miles of cycling trails around the Forest by following easy to spot numbered cycleway posts which guide your route. Whether you want a short three mile ride or a more strenuous and demanding 50 miler – New Forest cycling has it all.
Nearly all routes are off road. They are also dedicated to cycling, with hikers encouraged to follow separate cycling free routes. The only traffic you will encounter is of the four legged nature, with wild New Forest horses and ponies occasionally sharing your route.
The Forest cycleways are grouped around different areas of the forest. Access to the new forest cycling routes is easy. There’s an abundance of car parks and picnic areas. Most areas also have good cycle hire facilities, train links, campsites and during summer are on the New forest bus tour.
Alternatively you can pick up routes with the numbered cycleway posts at cycle hire shops.
Bike hire is available at;
If you are new to the area it’s probably best to begin at Brockenhurst, just south of Lyndhurst, which has good train connections. From here you have a variety of options. You can cycle along old railway lines from Brockenhust to Burley, or choose the managed woodland of the Denny Wood area to the East of Brockenhurst. To the West you can choose road routes (Rhinefield Ornamental Drive) to the stunning tall trees at Blackwater, and then off road through ancient enclosures of Hursthill towards Bolderford Bridge and the river and streams around Ober Corner.
Alternatively you can choose from a number of different circular routes around Bolderwood, and,in the summertime watch wild deer roam free from the feeding station. From here you could also choose routes to the Reptile Centre (summer only) which is worth a visit to see frogs, snakes and other indigenous reptiles and its free!
We recommend Roundhill campsite in the New Forest for combining camping and cycling holidays in the forest.