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Tyre Yourself Out with Our Top Three Cycling Routes in the New Forest

When deciding where to go or what to do on your summer staycation in the UK, New Forest cycling holidays should be your first port of call. With various routes for both seasoned cyclists and beginner bikers, cruising through country lanes across one of Britain’s most picturesque National Parks is the best way to enjoy the Great British Summertime with family and friends.

Although you may wish to take to the roads with wild abandon and roam the area freely, we have pulled together our top three New Forest cycle routes for you to explore before working up an appetite and settling down to a Sunday lunch or Afternoon Tea at our New Forest hotel.

Beginners Luck

For a family-friendly cycle route that promises smaller inclines, a little less distance to cover, while still capturing great views of the New Forest, try the Beaulieu to Buckler’s Hard cycle route. Starting at Beaulieu Village, you and your little ones can make your way to the National Motor Museum and the Palace House or explore the ruins of Beaulieu Abbey by noon. After lunch, spend the afternoon pedalling at a leisurely pace towards Buckler’s Hard, an 18th century village and ship building yard – but don’t forget to stop by the river for a quick ice cream before putting your worn-out kids to bed!

Distance: 2 miles

A Tantalisingly Tasty Trail

The South Food Trail is perfect for cyclists looking to pick up some delicious treats between pedalling and panting. With a selection of traditional tea rooms and plenty of New Forest nibbles to choose from, including Setley Ridge Vineyard & Farm Shop and local Burley Fudge shops, this route is a must for cyclists with a penchant for pecking! Passing through the villages of Brockenhurst and Burley, you will no doubt spot a New Forest pony or two as you travel along the old railway line. A picture perfect pedal route in the heart of the New Forest.

Distance: 7 miles

Not for the Feint-Hearted

At 25 miles long, this trail is definitely one for seasoned cyclists but can be shortened for ambitious newbies alike! Check out St Michael and All Angels graveyard, where Alice Hargreaves, the inspiration behind Lewis Carol’s Alice in Wonderland, is buried – a surprising “must-see” on your list of things to do in the New Forest! Follow the Woodland Wander trail to the spectacular viewing platform where you can relax and enjoy your premade picnic or shop bought lunch while watching the deer go by. Enjoy exploring the pretty village of Burley and discover the mystical Coven of Witches before heading back to your room to sleep well after a day’s exploring in the New Forest.

Distance: 25 miles

Whichever route you wish to take during your New Forest cycling holiday, be sure to stay safe on the roads, follow the New Forest cycle code and figure out local bike hire information before you set off for the day.

Need a place to rest your weary head during your cycling staycation? Book a room at our luxury New Forest hotel today