Into the Forest - Strong Plus

Sunday 17th February 2013 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
Hengistbury Head Car Park Broadway BH6 4EN
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.
3 hours 30 mins  (2 hours 50 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.
Suitable for Child Trailers
Sky Ride Local
Guided Rides Great routes and support from trained leaders


What other riders think of this route

Sky Ride Local in Bournemouth

You don't have to be the next Bradley Wiggins, but you'll need to know your way around a bike and be fairly fit to take part in our Challenging rides. If you're comfortable riding with other people and fancy a fresh challenge, these rides are perfect for you. They start at around twenty miles long, and are paced at between 11 and 12 miles an hour.

Spring Series 2014

As part of our Spring Series 2014 we have scheduled a number of guided rides near you which are all about getting the best out of the bike at this time of year. This route is perfect for getting out on the bike and warming up on a crisp Spring morning! Everybody who books on and attends the ride will receive a FREE Great Britain Cycling Team water bottle.

If the steady rides have now become a breeze, then come and join us for a 37 mile loop around the New Forest. Starting out at the Hiker Café at Hengistbury Head, we first make our way over to Burley. From there we do a loop out towards Brockenhurst and back to Burley, via the beautiful scenery of Rhinefield Drive, which is lined with a mixture of large rhododendrons, azaleas and some very tall giant redwoods and firs. Back in Burley we stop off at the Old Farmhouse tea rooms for some refreshments, before we head back again to Hengistbury Head.

This is a challenging ride which is nearly 40 miles in length but, if the sun comes out, you will be rewarded by a very enjoyable morning out in the New Forest.

*After the recent weather conditions some sections of this route have become badly potholed. We have advertised this route as being accessible to all types of bikes but we recommend that road/drop handlebar bikes be ridden with caution on these sections.*

Additional Information

As these are adult only rides, designed for cyclists progressing from the standard Ride Strong level, the pace of the ride could increase to 15mph at the discretion of the Ride Leader.

Helmets must be worn by all under 18's regardless of ride level.
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 Hengitsbury Head Car Park, changes apply
Nearest Train Station
Christchurch Train Station, 1.8 miles 
Toilet Facilities Available?
Yes, at At the Cafe  

Meet the Ride Leaders

  • Dilys Gartside
    Dilys Gartside June 2015. Just returned in time for new Sky Ride season from cycle touring Tuscany with folder bike and trains - an interesting experience I can share on our rides! 2014 highlights - wild camping/ cycling from the Isles of Ork to Wight 1000 miles with co-Leader Lindsi carrying our tent stove and grub; best campsite beside Loch Ness with the biggest ensuite bath you ever saw! Having been a cycling solicitor for decades, I retrained as a National Standard Cycling Instructor and set up CycleWise to work as a freelance instructor and campaigner for cycling. I teach all ages and abilities. See my websites or
  • Matt Matthews
    Matt Matthews Hi, I have been a keen cyclist for over 30 years and with the exception of about 3 years, I have commuted to work by bike come snow, rain or sun, since 1982. I have a mountain bike to get to work at Ringwood School and a racing bike I use when I am out with Christchurch Bicycle Club. I am glad to have the opportunity to encourage members of the public to either get back on a bike again or get on one for the first time. If you are new to cycling and need any advice on buying a bike please feel free to ask for some advice when you come on a Sky Ride event. Hope to see you soon.
  • Lindsi Bluemel
    Lindsi Bluemel
  • Patrick Lockyer
    Patrick Lockyer I've been a member of Bournemouth Arrow Cycling Club since 1970, also member of Christchurch Bicycle Club, Dorset Rough Riders and affiliate of Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers. I ride socially, on and off road, plus racing on the track and road. Have been assistant to the club coach helping with the (Kids section) Flying Arrows for over 12 years. I'm a qualified British Cycling Level 2 Road, Time Trial, and Track coach. Coaching groups at Gillingham and Dist. Whls at Henstridge circuit and Track at the Bournemouth Cycling Centre(Velodrome). My Wife Trina is also a member of B'th Arrow CC and a BC Level 2 cycling coach plus a teacher of Pilates for cycling.

Rider Comments on the Route

  • Robert Campbell-smith Sunday 7th September One again a fantastic ride with great friendly company and great caring friendly ride leaders
  • Ian Saunders Tuesday 12th August
  • Ben Salvia Sunday 3rd August
  • Ben Salvia Sunday 3rd August

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