Take a New Forest bike ride
Cycling in the New Forest is one of the best ways to get around. Tranquil settings, dirt tracks and open roads surrounded by Mother nature what more could a cyclist want?
New Forest cycle rides can be at many different levels. From road going high performance training rides and sportives or more sedate and relaxed family rides on the many miles of forest tracks. Cycling in the New Forest can be a very rewarding. Wherever you cycle on road or on the approved cycle tracks; do it safely and responsibly.
Respect the forest
Whatever type of cycling you enjoy remember there are wild animals in the forest! Ponies, cattle, pigs and other creatures do not follow the Green Cross Code! So make sure you give them plenty of room, be prepared to stop, and try not to startle them. The reason for sticking to the approved New Forest cycle routes is that the forest can very easily get damaged by mountain bikes and nesting birds and other animals can be detrimentally effected by any off track riding.
Stick to the road and the approved cycle routes
Apart from very few exceptions the New Forest is not the place to go for extreme mountain biking. There are very strict laws regarding where you can cycle off road. Unless you want to risk a hefty fine, stick to the approved New Forest cycle tracks.
By going off track you also give other cyclists a bad name! Cyclists are not always the flavour of the month in the forest so it is in every ones interest to do the right thing!
Slow down and enjoy the view
Slow down for ponies, horses, pigs, cattle, dogs and their walkers and even snakes! Remember there are wild animals around every bend or corner. Be prepared to stop. I have even had an adder lunge at me as I cycled on the road near Holmesley! Watch out, it is wild out there! Fortunately neither reptile or rider was hurt.
Wear a helmet
I would strongly advise cyclists to wear a helmet whilst cycling in the New Forest, especially on the road. Helmets are not mandatory. But I generally do.
Your bell is your best friend
The forest attracts many visitors including horse and pony riders and dog walkers. A polite ring of your bell can warn people of your presence. My Pashley bell has a lovely tone and most people on hearing it will make room for you with a smile.
New Forest Cycle Rides and Routes
New Forest Cycling Code
- The Verderers’ New Forest Cycling Code
New Forest Cycling Events
New Forest Rattler 2011 Video
New Forest Cycling Experiences
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