Cycling in forest

Cycling in the New Forest

Overview

There are over a hundred miles of way-marked cycle routes in the New Forest which offer safe cycling for all the family (maps are available at the hostel). There are also several hundred miles of sheltered country roads which are a real pleasure to cycle and will appeal to cycling enthusiasts and clubs. Of course you can walk, but the New Forest is quite fantastic for cycling. Hire a bike from Forest Leisure Cycling and pedal your way up to Castle Hill, the site of an Iron Age hillfort on the edge of the village.

What makes it special

  • Over a hundred miles of cycle routes

Hostels nearby

Cycling in the New Forest

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Map references

OS Map: 195 & 196, and Explorer OL22

OS Grid Ref: SU260086

Lat/Lng: 50.876524, -1.6314631

Contact information

Other things to do nearby

Maritime museum

Cowes Maritime Museum

This museum situated in Cowes Library incorporates all aspects of local maritime activity from shipbuilding to sailing.

Beaulieu

Beaulieu

There's lots to enjoy at Beaulieu including the world famous National Motor Museum, Palace House, World of Top Gear and the James Bond Exhibition.

Person climbing on a climbing wall

Climbing in Totland Bay

There are various indoor and outdoor climbing walls in close proximity to the Youth Hostel. For something a little different, why not try tree climbing?

cycling

Cycling in Brighstone

Cycle around the whole island in a day on the Round the Island cycle route. The route is clearly marked and will give you plenty of time to enjoy the stunning scenery that the island has to offer.

Studland Beach

Studland Beach and Nature Reserve

One of the UK’s finest beaches and extensive nature reserve. Enid Blyton lived here, so look for Policeman Plod’s thatched cottage!

Walking

Walking and Rambling in Brighstone

The Tennyson Downs walk is an amazing walk with great views across the entire island. Watch out for the rare butterfly resident to the Isle of Wight “the Glanville Fritillary”.

Watersports

Watersports in Brighstone

Go up to Cowes - the home of UK sailing. From here you can do whatever sailing course you want, you can even sail around the whole island!

Walking a dog along a coastal path

Walking and Rambling in Totland

The hostel is surrounded by National Trust land and footpaths galore. Footpaths go north to Yarmouth, south to Lord Alfred Tennyson's Monument on the Tennyson Trail, east to Freshwater Bay and west

Watersports

Watersports in Totland

Totland Bay and Freshwater Bay provide surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding and coasteering. Colwell Bay is great for kite surfing and at Compton Bay you can go surfing.

New Forest Water Park

New Forest Water Park

Set in 50 acres of beautiful countryside, the park is a great place to try waterskiing, wakeboarding or you the inflatable banana and tyre rides.

New Forest

New Forest Tour

See the New Forest National Park like never before! Enjoy grandstand views on an exhilarating, open-top ride through pretty villages and magical landscapes, passing wandering ponies.

Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral

Discover over 750 years of history, including Britain's tallest spire, the world's best preserved original Magna Carta and Europe's oldest working clock.

Canoeing on wide calm river

Watersports in the New Forest

According to the official Bournemouth website, no area in Europe has such a wide range of watersports in such a condensed area as Bournemouth and Poole!