Into the Forest - Strong Plus
Sunday 17th February 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.
|Cycling time||Ride distance||Suitable for||Distance from me||Ride level|
|170 Mins||37 Miles||Adults 16+ only Not all rides are suitable for everyone. This will tell you if the ride is suitable for you and/or your friends and family.||? Miles||
Ride Strong PLUS + Ride Strong PLUS +
- 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.
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.
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 long winter we have just had several sections of this route are 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.*
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
Meet the Ride Leaders
- Dilys Gartside
- Matt Matthews
- Lindsi Bluemel
- Patrick Lockyer
Rider Comments on the Route
It may have been cold and windy but this is always a good ride with good leaders and good cyclists [buddies]. A pleasant way to spend a morning.