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Cycle routes and walking trail closures

Updated 6th August 2020

Cycle route closures

Please make sure you only use the waymarked cycle route in the New Forest.

The cycle route in New Copse Inclosure will be closed from 30 July at marker 308-310 whilst we undertake repairs to the cycle track. We estimate this may take around 3 weeks to complete, please use the section between 312 and 308 as an alternative route during this time.

Essential footbridge repairs

There are hundreds of footbridges across the New Forest and their care and maintenance is a key part of our work. We’re carrying out essential repairs to the following bridges over the coming weeks:

Ober Heath (Grid ref: SU 2812 0402)

Rhinefield (Grid ref: SU 2598 0340)

Sloden (Grid ref: SU 2094 1331)

Near Markway Inclosure (Grid ref: SU 2558 0266)

Brockenhurst - Repair damaged metal handrail (Grid ref: SU 2947 0205)

Busketts Inclosure (Grid ref: SU 3237 1058)

Bridge between Denny Lodge and Shatterford (Grid reference: SU 3373 0519 )

It’s vitally important that people observe safety signage and do not enter work sites where machines are working. These short-term bridge closures are needed in order to make improvements and we hope that our regular visitors will understand the need for the temporary closure of their usual route.

Walking trail closures

Old railway line - Route Markers - 195-217 (between Setthorns campsite, Sway and Latchmoor, Brockenhurst).

This bridge is now closed to all traffic, including by foot, horse and bicycles due to safety concerns. Please follow the Green diversion signs. Cyclists are advised to dismount and walk down the decline. Please note this leads onto a shared track which pedestrians may be walking.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused by the closure and diversion.


For further information

Please contact the Ranger Team on 0300 067 4601 (Monday - Friday)

Thank you for your understanding. We hope you continue to enjoy the rest of the forest while this work takes place.