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New Forest cycle rides - some suggested routes

Here are ten suggested cycle routes, all with accompanying information about points of interest to look out for along the way.

All - apart from Route 7, which includes a short section of the busy A35 - can be equally enjoyed by walkers.

For much of the year, they are relatively little used by either cyclists or walkers, and they mainly follow compacted, usually gravel, tracks, which makes them ideal for use by walkers with a buggy, or when elsewhere the ground is wet and muddy. Passage of forestry vehicles can, however, sometimes result in a gathering of surface mud on the tracks.

Or alternatively, if you'd rather relax and let a qualified mountain bike leader show you a great route around the Forest, check out the New Forest Cycling Guide website - routes to suit every level of ability.

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New Forest ponies in the road
Ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene, but during the first six months of 2018, 36 animals were killed or injured on Forest roads, compared with 26 in the same period in 2017, a shocking rise of 38%.
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Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley