The New Forest between Southampton and Bournemouth is England's largest forest. It is a great place for family cycling, thanks to the many public access gravel logging tracks. These tracks allow various short traffic-free itineraries, for example from Brockenhurst or Lyndhurst. The forest tracks allow plenty of opportunities for potential pony and deer encounters. Slightly further afield you can enjoy traffic-calmed cycling along the Solent Estuary and South Coast with great views over the Isle of Wight and its Needles. 

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If you want to rent bicycles we recommend using Brockenhurst with its easy access as a base. Our friends of Cycle Experience have a great fleet of bicycles to choose from. If you are looking for a package holiday with either two, three or four easy cycling days, please check out our South Coast & Forest holiday package. This package contains the following routes:

Route 1: Circular Brockenhurst - Lyndhurst - Brockenhurst: 11 miles (18 km)

Route 2: Circular Brockenhurst - Milford on Sea - Lymington - Brockenhurst: 16-23 miles (27-37 km)

Route 3: Circular Brockenhurst - Burley - Brockenhurst: 20 miles (32 km)

Route 4: Circular Brockenhurst - Buckler's Hard - Beaulieu - Brockenhurst: 25 miles (40 km)

All four routes feature sections on the traffic-free New Forest gravel tracks and traffic-calmed cycling on quiet country lanes. Only very occassionally you'll be cycling on roads with a regular flow or possibly fast moving traffic. 

Grading: generally easy with some short climbs. None of these routes are completely traffic-free; suitable for children who have completed Bikeability Level 2.

Highlights: New Forest National Park, traffic-free cycling on forest gravel tracks, Brockenhurst, Whitefield Moor, Lyndhurst, New Forest Museum, Milford on Sea, South Coast views, Hurst Castle, Solent Estuary, Lymington, Burley, Rhinefield Ornamental Drive, Buckler's Hard, Beaulieu River, Beaulieu, National Motor Museum 

We only offer these routes through our South Coast & Forest holiday package. On this package we provide you with a high-quality guidebook with these four routes and arrange high-quality accommodation for you. You can you also enjoy discounted bike rental rates of our Cycle Experience bike hire partner. For full information about all this, see our designated package holiday website.