The New Forest is one of the largest remaining unenclosed pastures of heathland and forest within the south. This ride will pass through an arboretum with various species of deciduous and non-deciduous trees and takes you out into the heathlands between picturesque villages.
From the town of Totton on the out-skirts of Southampton pick up the A336 on the north side of the railway. Follow the A road in a westerly direction, passing over two roundabouts into the village of Netley marsh. From here head south through a patch of woodlands towards the edge of the New Forest National Park. Passing through Goldenhayes village, you will come to Bentley Manor before following the A337 down into the busy little town of Lyndhurst. Stop off here for a coffee or light lunch before following the one way system out of the town towards Brockenhurst.
Just before Brockenhurst, take the turning towards Beaulieu where you will have the chance to visit the National Motor Museum. Cycling across Beaulieu Heath you will arrive at Beaulieu Wildlife Park – another optional stop off point – before passing through the village of Ashurst and heading back along minor roads to Totton.
Start point: Southampton Totton railway station
Grid reference: SU 36332 13339
Postcode: SO40 3AB
Total distance: 48km
Total elevation: 272m
Max elevation: 57km
To see a rough map of this route, click here.