Summer Cycling Routes
With ancient woodlands, masses of heathlands, a 40 mile ‘secret’ coast and over 100 miles of car-free approved cycle trails the New Forest is the perfect location for your cycling break this summer. To help you find the best places and routes to follow, we’ve rounded together our favourite cycling routes for the season.
Here in the New Forest we have miles of off-road tracks and low speed-limit roads, where you can enjoy easy and relaxed cycling, see our roaming New Forest neighbours & the beautiful views that sit right on our doorstep.
Beaulieu to Buckler’s Hard – This 2-mile family friendly cycle route takes you through impressive forests to the tranquil village of Beaulieu before heading along the Beaulieu River to the historic dockyard of Buckler’s Hard, originally built for trade to the West Indies, now with a relaxing pub and beautiful views.
Brockenhurst to Lyndhurst – If you fancy cycling a little further then Brockenhurst to Lyndhurst is a wonderful 6 ½ mile route, with the majority of the tracks being off-road, perfect for getting those pedals turning. The small section that is on a road is on a very quiet country lane. Cycle through New Forest inclosures and see how many animals you can spot along the way. We recommend hiring bikes from Cyclexperience in Brockenhurst, found right next to the railway station.
For cycling enthusiasts:
For the more advance cyclists, there are plenty of long distance cycle routes offering you the chance to explore all that the New Forest has to offer.
Lyndhurst to Burley – This 25-mile route is a great example of what is on offer for keen cyclists in the New Forest. The route can be shortened or extended using off road tracks and country lanes depending on preference. Starting in Lyndhurst high-street, this route will take you through Emerydown to Minstead and up to Bolderwood where you can enjoy a well earned picnic and take in the views before continuing onto Burley and back again.
Brockenhurst to Rhinefield – This route is an 11-mile circular cycling route which starts at Brockenhurst railway station and will take you along the wonderful Rhinefield drive and into the woodland on Forestry Commission managed gravel tracks. You will get to see the Wildlife Conservation area at Queen’s Meadow as it takes you towards Lyndhurst and the New Park Inclosure that is home to the New Forest Show in July.
For more information or more routes throughout the New Forest then head to The New Forest UK’s website where you’ll find maps, tips and all the information for a safe journey across the forest.