Cycling gives us a sense of freedom and adventure, something many of us remember from bike rides as a child. From the moment you learnt to ride without stabilisers to the first hill you sailed down at goodness knows what speed. It’s liberating, it’s fun and in the New Forest, it’s a must!
The New Forest is home to fresh air, stunning landscapes and of course, our much adored friends, the playful New Forest ponies. In fact, we believe there are few better vantage points to enjoying such views than from the comfort of a bicycle seat.
With miles of heathland and charming villages to explore, cycling breaks are a great way to cover distance during your visit and with the arrival of the baby foals, bluebells and sunshine, what are you waiting for?
Here are our top 3 cycle routes near Careys Manor in the New Forest:
Brockenhurst to Rhinefield | 11 miles | Easy/Medium | Some road access
This is perfect for those of you who wish to venture out into the forest, yet not too far from the hotel. Start your journey from the hotel (based in Brockenhurst) and pedal through some of the best sights of the forest. Rhinefield is famous for its majestic Douglas Firs and redwood trees so make sure you take your camera to capture the enchanting scenery.
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Brockenhurst to Lyndhurst | 6.5 miles | Medium | Some hills | Gravel tracks
Often regarded as the capital of the New Forest, Lyndhurst provides a route through from the forest to Southampton and the M27 however more importantly; it is home to an impressive Ferrari and Maserati garage, The National Park Tourism Centre and plenty of restaurants to satisfy your appetite after your journey.
This particular route will take you into the heart of the forest providing plenty of opportunity to see the ponies, deer and if you’re lucky, pigs!
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Brockenhurst to Burley | 7 miles | Medium | Some hills | Some road access
Burley is home to plenty of character. After a long ride into the centre of the village it’s time to reward your hard work with a visit to the Burley Fudge shop – treat yourself, you’re on holiday! Take a look around the various shops within the village and admire the traffic of ponies that wander through at their leisure.
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After your day of discovery, ease the aches and pains of the day’s exertions in the sauna and steam room and get into a good book whilst lounging beside the swimming pool at SenSpa.
Why not book dinner in one of the three fantastic New Forest restaurants after your long exciting day? You’ve certainly earned the indulgent calories!
Choose between modern British cuisine at our flagship restaurant Cambium, French cuisine in Le Blaireau, Bar and Bistro, or an authentic Thai feast in the Zen Garden Restaurant.
Cycling, sunshine and relaxing in the spa will certainly tire you out, so retire to your sumptuous bedroom for your best night’s sleep and then awake the right way, to a delicious New Forest Breakfast to re-energise and refuel you for any more exploring that you have planned.
Book our New Forest Cycling Break today for an unforgettable stay at Careys Manor this spring. To book please call 01590 624467.