Here are six suggested cycling routes in the New Forest.
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Hythe to Brockenhurst (28.4 miles)
An out and back route from Hythe to Brockenhurst, using part of the National Cycle Network (NCN2). The route uses a mixture of roads and forest tracks and is not suitable for less experienced cyclists. There is the option to start the ride from Hythe, Brockenhurst, or Denny Wood campsite. You can also start the ride in Southampton and use the Hythe Ferry to cross the River Test.
Refreshment stops: Hythe, 'The Drift Inn' pub, and Brockenhurst
Ride highlights: A chance to take in forest cycling and open heath on route
Burley and Bolderwood (12.3 miles)
A forest loop taking in Bolderwood, and plenty of off road cycling. There are a few climbs along the way, but the route is suitable for most cyclists if they are confident on quiet roads.
Refreshment stops: Burley village, and Bolderwood car park (summer)
Ride highlights: Bolderwood is a great place to have a picnic amongst pines, and do some deer spotting
Rhinefield Loop (15.4 miles)
A forest classic, taking in the National Park's Arboretum and Tall Trees area, as well as the picturesque hamlet of Bank. The route is largely off road, and is mostly flat and easy cycling, making it suitable for less experienced cyclists
Refreshment stops: Brockenhurst village, Blackwater car park (summer), and 'The Oak Inn' at Bank
Ride highlights: National Park's Arboretum, the Redwoods and Sequoias of the Tall Trees area, and the thatched cottages of Bank
Wilverley (2.7 miles)
This ride is completely off road, and takes in a short loop of Wilverley Inclosure. The ride is suitable for less experienced cyclists, though there are some steep climbs and descents on route.
Refreshment Stops: There are no refreshment stops during the ride - 'The Rising Sun' pub at Bashley, and the 'Station House' tearooms on the road to Burley, are both close by
Ride highlights: The chance of seeing some deer if you are lucky, and the joy of traffic-free forest cycling
Standing Hat Loop (10.8 miles)
A short forest circuit, ideal for less experienced cyclists if you use starting point 2.
Refreshment stops: Brockenhurst village. None during the ride
Ride highlights: The 'Frohawk Ride' enclosure is famed for its butterflies in the summer. Please DO NOT take your bikes into this enclosure!
Lymington Loop (15.1 miles)
A beautiful ride using quiet roads, and taking in the Solent and a visit to Buckler's Hard on the River Beaulieu. There is a chance to enjoy a pub lunch before cycling back past open heathland. As the route is entirely on road, it is not suitable for less experienced cyclists
Refreshment stops: Buckler's Hard, Turfcutters Arms pub, and East End Arms pub
Ride highlights: Stunning views of the Solent. Buckler's Hard maritime village (entrance fee payable)