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Cycling in the New Forest

Explore the New Forest on two wheels!

We have more than 100 miles of waymarked family-friendly cycle routes, much of it off the public highway and traffic-free. There are plenty of places to hire bikes.

Off-road cycling is only permitted on certain routes in the New Forest. Download the cycle map (located in the black box on this page) before you visit.

For more adventurous cyclists, there are purpose-built mountain bike circuits at Moors Valley Country Park, Ringwood. 

Follow the New Forest Cycle Code

The New Forest is a working forest, with forestry, farming and equestrian activity on its narrow roads and tracks.  Ponies, cattle and other animals are free to roam the forest and most of its roads.  Please follow both the Highway Code and the New Forest Cycling Code, which Is supported by cycling groups and local organisations.


Organised events require permission from Forestry England.

If you are taking part in an organised event, follow the additional instructions to minimise your impact. Help us to protect this special place.

Activity information

The network is easily accessible from railway stations at Ashurst, Brockenhurst and Sway and links the main new Forest Villages.