Distance: 14 miles Difficulty: Easy
A stunning ride through the beautiful New Forest National Park in Hampshire, UK.
This is a lovely route through the New Forest National Park, starting at Brockenhurst station. This station is easily accessible as it is on the main London to Weymouth route.
Cross the main A3057 road outside the station and head in an eastwards direction, crossing what is the Lymington River. The roads are quiet and you will soon find yourself surrounded by trees. After 3 miles you will cross over the railway line you travelled down earlier.
This area is called Stubby Copse Enclosure. We rode this early on a Sunday morning and found deer grazing in the copse as the morning mist was melting away as the sunshine was getting warmer. This area of the world is just stunning.
Keep cycling in a north bound direction and you will come to the village of Lyndhurst. This in the summer can be a very busy place, so we advise to get there early. There are an abundance of tea shops in this area, and this is a great place to stop at and have a rest, recharge and a cake or bacon sarnie.
We always like to look and marvel at the Ferrari at the Meridien Garage in the village.
Head out of Lyndhurst on the Christchurch road. Go past the cricket ground on the right, and after a mile turn left towards Rhinefield House. This part of the forest is full of Canadian redwood trees. The house itself is set in over 40 acres of grounds and was built in 1887. Today it is not only used as a hotel, but also enjoys one of the best spas in the area. Loads of weddings are held here each year as well.
From here follow the road to the end where you will find yourself back at Brockenhurst station. Only a 14 mile ride, but with some stunning scenery. But the beauty of this ride is that using public transport you can get into the heart of the New Forest and get out of the city.
We hope you enjoy.