Deerleap Delight

Saturday 15th December at 10.00am This is what time the ride will set off. It’s best to get to the starting point at least 15 minutes beforehand to avoid missing the start.

Starting Point & Postcode
Entrance to Ashurst Campsite on A35 Lyndhurst Road Near to Ashurst (New Forest) Train Station SO40 7AR
Overall Duration On a long ride, it’s sometimes good to have a little break in the middle, or maybe a catch up at the beginning or end to keep it sociable. This means that the overall ride duration may be longer than the actual cycling time.
1 hours 45 mins  (1 hours 5 mins cycling)
Bike Type You probably don’t want to drag your road bike across bumpy trails. Maybe you want to make the most of the suspension on your mountain bike. This helps you match your ride to your bike.
Mountain Bike, Hybrid (off road tyres) 

Sky Ride Local in Southampton

If you’re fairly confident on your bike on dirt and gravel surfaces and ready to broaden your cycling horizons, our Off-Road Steady rides are ideal. At a comfortable pace, and possibly with some modest hills along the way, there is barely a metre of tarmac in sight on these rides so come and enjoy the scrunch of gravel and the squelch of mud under your tyres with us! Rides are between 6 and 15 miles long, at a moderate pace of between 7 and 10 miles an hour.


Explore the wonderful woodland tracks of Deerleap on this 6.5 mile ride.  As we cycle through the paths, make sure to keep an eye out for the local residents - the deer!  A fabulous ride for those new or returning to off-road riding, with just a few hills to navigate, through the beautiful surroundings of the New Forest.

Additional Information

Helmets must be worn by all under 18's regardless of ride level.
The minimum age for these rides is 8, there must be no child trailers or child seats, children must be capable of riding within the demands of the off-road specification.
Please bring equipment with you to repair punctures, Ride Leaders are there to help but are not responsible for your bike.
All rides leave at the time stated you must arrive early Ride Leaders will not wait.

Car Parking
Yes, at near Happy Cheese pub and Ashurst Station
Nearest Train Station
Ashurst (New Forest) Station, 0.2 miles 

Meet the Ride Leaders

  • Dilys Gartside Dilys Gartside Having been a cycling solicitor, in 2005 I qualified as a National Standard Cycling Instructor and set up CycleWise to work as a freelance instructor and campaigner for cycling.
    I teach children and adults from novice to advanced often under Councils' subsidised Schemes. See my websites at www.cyclewisesouthampton.co.uk or www.cyclewisedorset.co.uk
    I was CTC Volunteer of the Year for South East England and recognised for our campaigning work with Southampton Cycling Campaign. I enjoyed being a cycling extra in Midsomer Murders and had fun bringing BBC's ‘Dom on the Case of Cars’ to Southampton to explore other modes of transport.



  • Stuart Simpson Stuart Simpson Hi
    I am a very easy going person who works for a Housing Association in administration for contractors.

    I take great interest in photography & climate and you will often find me out and about taking photos also studying weather patterns.

    I chose Sky-ride cycling as my main activity as I am passionate with the well-being to health for people and preserving the planet. I cycle to work everyday at a distance of 5.5 miles each way.

    Olympic Games 2012 Games-maker, Marshalled road cycling events in July/August @ Hampton Court & Hyde Park corner.

    I ensure that everyone enjoy themselves with great thought to my group's well being & safety on the day.

    Looking forward to meeting new participants and always welcome regulars back, I will make sure that everyone has an enjoyable experience. Remember to bring drinks and energy bars for the day.

    Glad to see you at the ride!! It's going to be a record breaking year. Make sure you bring your helmet.


Rider Comments on the Route

  1. Richard Wilkerson Saturday 8th October
    Another highly enjoyable ride, in good company. This time through some of the New Forest

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