EXPLORE THE NEW FOREST

Our favourite January cycling routes

January, 2018

Have you made a new year’s resolution to live a healthier lifestyle, be more active or to try something new? Kick-start it with a break to the New Forest and discover the extensive range of cycling routes that surround each of our hotels. Whether you’re a casual cyclist or looking to beat your best on-wheel record, the New Forest is a great place to explore on your bike. We’ve put together a handful of our favourite routes to take this January to discover beautiful wintry views, enjoy the fresh country air and feel a little fitter.

 

Lepe & Exbury Loop (10 miles)

This pleasant circular trail starts in Inchberry Lane in Lepe and takes in Exbury, East End Farm, Langley, Mope Farm, and Badimston Common. This cycling route is one of our favourites for exploring quieter, lesser known pocket of the New Forest. You’ll enjoy riding through light woodlands, farmland and big sky country as you venture along the gorgeous English country lanes. Take a worthwhile diversion and little pitstop at Exbury Country Park and Lepe Beach.

 

Hawkhill Trail (10 miles)

This cycle trail is completely free of roads and traffic. The ride begins at Roundhill Campsite and passes through some of the most interesting features of Beaulieu Airfield with some very visible evidence of its Second World War past. This trek is a little lengthy for beginners but worth the extra effort as it cuts through some of the most beautiful areas of the New Forest.

 

Rhinefield Ornamental Woodland Ride (15 miles)

Choose to ride along the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive, one of the must-visit sites of the New Forest, to see the National Park’s tallest and most ornate trees. The trail starts in Brockenhurst and takes in deer sanctuary, a ford and Black Knoll. You’ll cycle across an area of the National Park rich in wild beauty. The trail is mainly made up of gravel off-road by-ways with fantastic views of the New Forest’s stunning and unique landscapes.

 

Burley Circular (6 miles)

Burley is a beautiful village on the western side of the New Forest. This circular route start out at the Lucy Hill Car Park. Throughout this circular bike ride, you are likely to encounter fallow deer and New Forest ponies grazing in the ancient woodlands, a variety of trees and several different species of birds. This is a wonderful trail to follow and gives you a chance to take your time and enjoy the peacefulness of the countryside that surrounds us. Burley village is filled with quaint and interesting shops, eateries and pubs – Perfect for much-needed refuel!

 

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