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Cycling and Cycle Trails at Alice Holt

Alice Holt offers a fantastic opportunity for natural cycling. Whatever your cycling ability there’s something for you to enjoy here as you explore this wonderful forest.

Young cyclists and family trails

Learn to ride your bike in the forest! Cycling in the forest is one of the safest and most relaxing ways to pick up confidence and develop cycling skills.

  • For those just starting out on two wheels, develop your skills on our short, safe Beginners Track. You'll find this located just behind Playwood.
  • Our 3 mile Family Cycle Trail is suitable for both children and adults, offering all the family a chance to explore further into the forest. It passes through an interesting variety of woodland habitats, from conifer plantation to mature broadleaf interspersed with woodland clearings. Enjoy a picnic midway in one of the meadows along the route!

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.

At Alice Holt Forest we are lucky enough to have a fantastic onsite partner that offers Adaptive Cycling. We believe that cycling should be for everyone and for this reason we house a fleet of 20 fully adapted cycles exclusive for users with disabilities. These bikes accommodate all types of disabilities allowing the user to have an amazing experience on the bike.

3. Facilities, events, and things to look out for


  • Print a map before you visit - available to download here.
  • Drop by the Cafe at Alice Holt for a post-ride coffee and food. 
  • Shop and hire bikes from our excellent Alice Holt Cycle Centre. Alice Holt Cycle Centre is open 7 days a week from 9am till 4pm (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day), with a range of adult and children's bikes available. For further information call 01420 521297 or visit the website. Bike hire includes adaptive cycles, enabling visitors with disabilities to enjoy the same amazing experience on a bike.


Beginners Cycle Trail
  • Easy
A short, safe, surfaced, figure of eight trail.
Family Cycle Trail
  • Moderate
A relatively easy ride around the forest with some steep hills.
Last updated: 15th February 2018

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