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Cycling getaway to the New Forest

As an avid cyclist I was very excited about my cycling holiday to the New Forest. It’s been a long time since I rode a bike, as London is not the safest city for cyclists.
Cyclexperience hooked us up with two mountain bikes. They were great to explore the area. Their office is located next to Brockenhurst train station, so super convenient for anyone travelling by train. They also deliver bikes locally, so you don’t have to worry about getting to the rental location if you are too far to walk there.  They provide a repair kit, breakdown cover, helmet, lock and a map about the route that could be attached to the bike, making it easy to tell directions, while on the go. If you don’t want to worry about planning your getaway yourself you can also book pre-planned day trips that include voucher for ferry ride or for pub food and afternoon tea.

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We took a train from Waterloo to Brockenhurst, which only took 1 hour 36 minutes. We then headed to Hollands Wood camp site, which was 1 mile from the train station, so accessible by foot. However there is also a bus that could take you there.
We checked in at 12 and pitched up our tent. We were very satisfied with the camp site and we will definitely be back as the facilities were very clean and the site is huge, so you can have plenty of space from other people’s tents. We stayed during the May bank holiday and it wasn’t busy at all.
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At 1 pm we were ready to set off on our bikes. We explored the Ornamental Woods. We had lovely weather and stopped for a while next to a little stream. It was very popular with families as there was a rope swing over the water (there are loads of these in the New Forest) and 2 trees were leaning over the stream creating a bridge. It was great fun trying to get from one side to the other, however it can be slippery. We witnessed a boy falling into the water. He seemed to enjoy this and had fun splashing around afterwards.
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The following day we had rain in forecast, but we had rain coats and rain trousers, so it wasn’t really an issue. Also it wasn’t until 1 pm that it started to rain. We managed to make our way to Beaulieu by noon. We called a few local pubs to see if they have any table for lunch, however being a bank holiday, we had no luck with this. We then stumbled upon Steff’s Kitchen, which was a lovely place. They have bike racks to lock the bikes and lots of seats both inside and outside. We had a really tasty Sunday roast. Coming from Hungary I don’t eat this very often, but it’s always a treat when I get to, so naturally it was one of the highlight of my weekend.
We cycled down to Buckler’s Hard, where we had a really quick walk, as it’s not so accessible for cyclists if you are not a visitor of the Maritime Museum. (we unfortunately forgot to start our tracker again, so no trace of this section on our journey, but the pictures are proof we did it.
On our way back we passed Hatched Pond, where we saw some ducks. We returned the bikes around 4 pm, although day rental is until 5:30, but we were pretty tired at this point. We went back to the camp site and made dinner with the Jetboil. Wayfayrer food is really tasty.

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The next morning we had a lie in,then set off around 12 back to London.
The New Forest is a lovely destination for cycling and walking as well. We saw a lot of nice birds, cows, horses and deer.
A super getaway from London, even just for a day as well as it’s not super far.

What are some of your favorite cycling destinations in the UK?

We were guest of Cyclexperience, but all opinions are my own. #sponsored

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14 comments

  1. I actually live very close to the New Forest and I have been there to cycle quite a few times. In the North of the forest, around Stoney Cross, you will also find really tiny ponies which roam free on the fields. The New Forest is full of surprises and serene scenery.

  2. The place looks beautiful and you seem to have cycled quite a bit! I am guess you had great fun; Lovely pictures! I don’t really cycle as much but I have been thinking of doing it in my upcoming trip to Cambodia. Your post just got me all excited to cycle.. hehe :)

  3. Just found your blog for the first time.. Your cycling adventures look amazing! Keep it up & cheers from Amsterdam!

  4. I love the New Forest, such a beautiful part of the UK! Looks like you had a great time exploring on your bike. That roast dinner looks delicious.

  5. It looks amazing. It looks like you had a lot of fun. :-)

  6. Wow! This looks beautiful and sounds like such a great adventure! I love the maps you included! I would love to do something like this! I am feeling motivated after reading this!

  7. Oh wow! Your post reminded me again, why I desperately need to explore the South of England. Your pics look amazing, and I’m surprised that even on Bank Holiday it wasn’t crowded at all!

    Happy continued travels!
    C

  8. That was cool biking adventure! Unfortunately I don’t know how to ride a bicycle. Perhaps will do trekking instead of biking. :-)

  9. Heheh what is that horse doing on the street? :)
    xx finja | http://www.effcaa.com

  10. Camping, cycling and meeting animals sound like a lot of fun! Love the idea of cycling to explore a new area (or even old area).

  11. I spent my birthday in New Forest two weeks ago and had a blast! I would’ve loved to do a cycling afternoon, but i don’t really bike :/ time to learn!

  12. Thank you for sharing, super useful for the day I need to get out of London! I’m always looking for weekend getaway ideas and even tho I’m not as fit as you are, I enjoy cycling! I just bought a road bike, would you still recommend the New Forest?

  13. Looks like a fun getaway from London. I like the idea that you can get to the bikes with public transportation. Definitely keeping this on the list of day trips from London! Cheers.

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