The King's Garden Party

Saturday 9th 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
Public Carpark shortly after Acres Down Farm shop at start of signed cycleroute Minstead SO43 7GE
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.
2 hours 25 mins  (1 hours 35 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) 
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 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.

Join us on this wonderful heathland adventure of just over 11 miles. We wend our way through the historic forest enclosures dating back to the days of King William II. Our destination is the King's garden, a lovely scenic spot to have a breather and a well-earned snack before we continue on our travels through the New Forest back to Acres Down House.

*The Postcode listed is for the Acres Down Farm Shop, the Public Car Park is sign posted from the farm cross roads.*

Additional Information

Helmets must be worn by all under 18's regardless of ride level.
The minimum age for these rides is 11, there must be no child trailers or child seats, the child 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 at start point.
Nearest Train Station
Ashurst (New Forest) Station, 6 miles 

Meet the Ride Leaders

  • Stuart Simpson
    Stuart Simpson ** Unavailable due to broken arm . shoulder injury ***** Communicated to Sky ride local team **
  • 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

Rider Comments on the Route

  • David Marsh Friday 11th July This was a truly brilliant ride. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, this ride has never been repeated again, which is a very great shame!!

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