British Heart Foundation Training Ride

Sunday 9th March 2014 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.
4 hours 20 mins  (3 hours 20 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), Hybrid (road tyres), Road 
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.

Thank you for joining us at one of our fantastic British Heart Foundation (BHF) Bike Rides. We're thrilled that you've joined the fight for every heartbeat and using your pedaling to power our life-saving research. If you want to get the most out of your big day, the hard work needs to start before you cross the start line. That's why we're thrilled to have teamed up with British Cycling to offer you this training ride.

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 and it is the perfect preparation for your British Heart Foundation Ride later in the year.

Additional Information

Helmets must be worn by all under 18's regardless of ride level.
Please make sure your bike is in good working order and 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 may apply
Nearest Train Station
Christchurch Train Station, 1.8 miles 
Toilet Facilities Available?
Yes, at At the Cafe by Hengitsbury Head car park  

Meet the Ride Leaders

  • Aaron Butler
    Aaron Butler I have been cycling at a competitive level since I joined the Army in 2006. In this time I have tried my hand at most disciplines including tri-athlon, time trial, team time trial, road racing, sportives and off road mountain biking. Both during and prior to this I have always been cycling socially with either my own close group of friends or a local cycling club. As well as leading rides for skyride I also lead group rides within the Army. It is the first stepping stone for the new recruits we have coming through blandford where I am based. My aim is to promote cycling as both a sport and a social event to as many people as I can.
  • 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.
  • Trina Lockyer
    Trina Lockyer Back in the early Nineties I used to ride to work every day but had to give that up when I changed jobs and moved areas. Now I enjoy riding for recreational pleasure. I am an Occupational therapist. My husband and I have had three children between us, the youngest is fourteen. I am a Level 2 Road cycling coach and my husband assist with coaching at the Bournemouth cycling Centre, which is the new outdoor cycle track at Slades Farm. I am a Breeze champion for Bournemouth (women only rides) and I lead rides regularly on a saturday morning. I hope to see you on a Breeze or Sky Ride soon!

Rider Comments on the Route

  • Michael Holmes Tuesday 11th March A mixture of riders/abilities made this difficult for the Leaders
  • Ian Saunders Monday 10th March Friendly leaders and great surroundings make for an excellent ride!
  • Robert Campbell-smith Sunday 9th March
  • Ian Sherin Sunday 9th March Very enjoyable ride blessed with sunshine, especially enjoyed the ride back in with Keith, Mike & Aarron

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