South Coast & Forest mini break

VARIED EASY RIDES IN THE HEART OF THE NEW FOREST

Our South Coast & Forest mini break holiday package is no longer available. You can still go for easy rides in het New Forest with help from our friends of New Forest Cycle Hire in Brockenhurst.

From Brockenhurst, you can explore the fantastic New Forest National Park and the Hampshire Coast. You are not only able to cycle along superb traffic-free forest tracks with potential pony and deer encounters, but you can also enjoy safe cycling along the Solent and the South Coast, taking in great views over the Isle of Wight and the Needles.

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Route Summary:

Below some examples of four circular rides you could do from Brockenhurst:

Lyndhurst Tour - Forest (1.5 hours of easy pace cycling):
This route takes you to the wide views of Whitefield Moor. You can have a break here before you enter the thick woods of the New Forest. You may well encounter some deer on this forest stretch before you arrive in the picturesque village of Lyndhurst. You can have a long break there, enabling you to enjoy lunch in your own style and to explore the lovely shops or to have a look in the New Forest Museum. In the afternoon you head back to Brockenhurst by another scenic traffic-free forest route.

Milford & Lymington Tour - Country Lanes & Coast (2 to 3 hours of easy pace cycling):
This route starts with a nice ride on a dismantled railway, which brings you to the edge of the New Forest. From there you join quiet country lanes into the sleepy Hampshire countryside. You can stop for lunch at Milford on Sea with great views over the Needles of the Isle of Wight. Head for the scenic harbour of Lymington by a traffic-free path along the Solent estuary after lunch. From Lymington you take the train or cycle back to Brockenhurst. You can decide on the day whether or not to take the train back to Brockenhurst (which explains the difference in cycling times above).

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Burley Tour - Forest & Moors (2.5 hours of easy pace cycling):
This Burley Tour is designed to allow for a long lunch break halfway in a pretty village; Burley! The route follows some very rewarding forest tracks before arriving in Burley with its nice cafes, pubs and shops. In this village the New Forest ponies roam the streets - not to mention the cows and donkeys! The route back to Brockenhurst starts with gravel tracks through a remote and wild part of the New Forest and finishes with a ride on the scenic Rhinefield Ornamental Drive.

Beaulieu Tour - Country Lanes & Forest (3 hours of easy pace cycling):
This is the most demanding of the set of routes. The first half of this route consists of nice country lanes. You'll be able to enjoy various views towards the high hills of the Isle of Wight on the horizon. Halfway you arrive in historic Bucklers Hard, the nautical village on the banks of the Beaulieu River. You will reach Beaulieu by cycling a nice bridleway, partly along the river. Besides having lunch in a lovely setting you can also visit the National Motor Museum here. The ride back to Brockenhurst is mostly on gravel tracks in the forest.

Do you speak Dutch? We have a guidebook available with the routes above (Dutch language only).

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Travel Information:

By train: We recommend you travel to Brockenhurst by train. South West Trains runs a direct link with London Waterloo and the journey time is approximately 90 minutes. Cross Country Trains also serves Brockenhurst station with a good connection to Reading and the Midlands. Both companies carry bicycles for free, but reservations are recommended. Total travel time from London to Brockenhurst: approximately 2 hours.

By plane: If you travel from further afield, Southampton Airport is the airport to which to fly. The airport is the hub of carrier FlyBe. The airport has a direct train link from Southampton Airport Parkway station to Brockenhurst. Total travel time from Southampton Airport to Brockenhurst: approximately 30 minutes.

By car: Take exit 2 from the M27 motorway and follow signs with the freight route to Lyndhurst to avoid long delays on arrival in Lyndhurst. In Lyndhurst follow the A337 to Brockenhurst. Total travel time from London to Brockenhurst: approximately 2 hours.