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The maps is a fantastic idea which allows families and less experienced riders the chance to explore some of the best country in the south. However the more experience thrill seekers don't seem to be catered for. The Burley areas in particular are thriving with already cut tracks by the forest ponies and cattle. If some marked and mapped they would create a fantastic opportunity not only to give riders what they are looking for, but also a chance for the authorities to drastic reduce the amount of riders damaging other areas of the forest. Other national parks have done this with booming success.

forset resident, 3/Nov/2017
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Just a bit of a shame that most of the cycle routes have to be on a gravel track. It gets a bit tireing after cycling on the same bumpy surface for a long time. There needs to be more interesting routes like through a wooded area or on a grassy path.

Other than that, the whole map system with the numbers worked fine for us today!

Tom, 16/Aug/2017
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Thought QR code on a numbered post.. (94) would lead to something location specific, not a general cycling in the forest page.

Anonymous, 1/Aug/2017
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We picked up a paper map of the area in a store before we went, we had no trouble finding our way around. Beautiful forest and an amazing biking experience.

Anonymous, 26/Jul/2017
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The cyclemap is very poor -) roads are not easily distinguishable from off-road (important when trying to avoid roads).

There doesn't appear to be anywhere where I can download a map showing all the numbered junctions

Stewart Walker, 19/Jun/2017

Is a cycling helmet required or is it just recommended ?

Anonymous, 6/Jun/2017

Thank you for your question. It is recommended that you wear a cycle helmet in case you fall off, but it is up to the individual cyclist if they wear one or not.

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very poor webpage. Map for cycling is not good enough, more detail needed.

s scott, 16/Jan/2017

Thank you for your comment. There are plans to redevelop the website in the future; however it is not possible to upload an interactive map at the moment. The map we have on the page is designed to be printed off for use with the cycle route way markers on the ground. Or for a more detailed routes it can be used in conjunction with an Ordnance Survey map.

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Waymark 213 on the old railway line from Wootton Bridge to Brockenhurst tells me I can continue cycling straight ahead or turn right onto the gravelled track to Longslade View car park, which is a good link to Sway. When I cycle into the car park from the road, a sign tells me I may NOT cycle on this track. Are there any more one-way cycle tracks in the New Forest?

Confused, 20/Jul/2016

The authorised cycle route is along the old railway line and the track from the railway line to Longslade view car park is not part of the network, although we are aware that people use it. The arrow sign will be swapped to the correct one.

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Map needs much more detail to be useful. I paid 2 for a paper version, useless! Better to spend a little more and buy an OS map.

Anonymous, 27/Jun/2016

Can u hire bikes?

Kim, 3/Feb/2016

Thank you for your question. There are many locations through the New Forest where you are able to hire bikes. You may wish to visit the New Forest Visitor Information website; as they have details of bike hire establishments in the local area.

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What is by-law that prohibits cycling (other than on cycle tracks) in the New Forest?

I have found "Statutory Instrument 1982 No 648" elsewhere on your website but it doesn't appear to mention cycles.

Pierce, 29/Sep/2015

As responsible land managers the Forestry Commission work very closely with the Verderers of the New forest to help maintain the balance between managing recreation and conservation. Cycling is currently only permitted on the waymarked gravel tracks in the New Forest of which there are over a 100miles of. Keeping to these tracks helps minimise the disturbance to wildlife and well as reducing the pressure on more sensitive parts of the SSSI .

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Is it permitted to push bikes across the open forest between the designated cycletracks ? I can see why riding off tracks would be frowned on but pushing surely is harmless - and certainly less damaging to terrain and non-gravel tracks, paths, etc than the riding of horses, for example ? So many such tracks and paths seem to get very cut up by horseriders.

Also I wonder if you could clarify, is it just the signposted network of tracks that one can ride on or is it permissible to ride on other gravel tracks ?

As someone who started riding in the New Forest in the less regulated times of the 1950's I'm not too sure I've kept up to date with the "letter of the law" !

I would be very grateful to know the exact position as this subject has come up in discussion recently. Richard

Richard Holley, 30/Nov/2014

Thank you Richard for your comment on cycling in the forest. Firstly, to get one piece of information clear for you, it is only permitted for cyclists to use the designated cycle routes in the New forest and no other tracks. Although not perfect in the way they link together, there is over 100 miles of cycle route that will take you through the heart of the New Forest landscape. The routes can be found on maps (and the OS Explorer map) that are available at the Visitor Centre and cycle hire shops. They link via B roads that are not too busy. To answer your other question, I think you have a valid point, as on pavements if you are dismounted you should be allowed to push your bike along non-designated tracks to connect from one route to another. This does not break any bylaw. Please enjoy riding in the forest again!

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