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Family Cycle Trail
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Length of trail:

3 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

The 3 mile Family Cycle Trail is the perfect way for the whole family to see the wider forest. It passes through an interesting variety of woodland habitats, from conifer plantation to mature broadleaf interspersed with woodland clearings.

There is a very attractive picnic meadow which provides a welcome rest midway along the trail and another meadow beside Lodge Pond.

The surface is gravel, which may become loose when dry, with some steep hills along the route. Please take care at the start of the trail as there is a long, steep downhill section. We also advise that children are supervised due to the gravel surface.

Family on a cycle trail. New Forest Forest Park
In the interests of safety we recommend that visitors use cycle helmets at all times.



Cycle Safety

For your safety and the safety of other visitors please be aware of the following points:

  • Only cycle within your abilities.
  • Expect the unexpected – watch out for other visitors.
  • Always follow warning signs and any advice you are given.
  • If a vehicle is loading timber, stop and wait for the driver to let you pass safely.
  • It's advisable to have a bell on your bike to let others know you're coming.

What do other visitors say?

3 Stars 3 Stars

This was a good trail which my eight year old son and I enjoyed, but it really would be helpful to have direction signs clearly stating that it should be one direction only. This is common practice at trail centres and would have saved some of the issues we had on Saturday coming across walkers, runners and riders going against the flow.

Amoeba, 12/Jan/2015

Thank you for your feedback. There is a signed start point for our Family Cycle Trail, which suggests the direction of travel, but it is up to the user to decide how they cycle the trail. We have not had any issues or conflicts in the past with two way traffic on this route.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Really pleasant and scenic track. An easy ride but great fun.

Ross Starkey, 24/Mar/2014

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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • Ancient Monuments
  • Cycling Hire
  • Cycles can be hired from Quench Cycles located near the start of the trail. They stock a range of adult and children's bikes with helmets.
  • Gradient (moderate)
  • There are some steep hills on route. Please take care at the start of the trail as there is a long, steep downhill section.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SU812416
Postcode: GU10 4LS

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