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Car-free adventures in the New Forest and beyond

It’s been a great summer for the New Forest Travel Concierge team. Based at Brockenhurst rail station, they’ve guided thousands of residents and visitors to car-free experiences around the New Forest National Park including walking, cycling and the open-top New Forest Tour. Beccy Jesson looks back at the summer season and her car-free adventures to come. 

It’s getting to that time of the year when every night we seem surprised that it’s dark by 8pm. The end of summer is here and 2014 has been a great one. 

This summer we met, advised and engaged with 4,451 people. With that many interactions, you’re bound to get some surprise ones; including a lost and found reggae Christmas album and a cuddly monkey named Monty. 

Monty the monkey lost and found at Brockenhurst rail station car park back in August

The beautiful sunny summer allowed us to really embrace the great outdoors in the New Forest National Park. We took the Concierge cargo bike out to local campsites and we ran our first guided bike ride giving information about the local area, cycling and some interesting facts about wood ants! 

Travel Concierge Beccy Jesson (centre) guiding a family to a car-free adventure in the New Forest

So, we spent the summer trying to help people become New Forest explorers and now it’s time for a new adventure!

I am about to embark on a cycle touring trip with my partner and we’re not quite sure where we’re going or for how long. We will be following serendipity and taking the spirit of car (and plane) free travel along the way. We hope our Facebook page might inspire just a few more people to give in to that niggling desire to have a real adventure - www.facebook.com/SomewhereIndefinitely

Before we leave, I would like to say a big thank you to everyone we have worked with throughout the summer. A big thank you to Cyclexperience, Forest Leisure Cycling, Il Palio restaurant and South West Trains. Your help has been invaluable and you will be remembered wherever we are in the world!

This entry was posted by Communications on Friday 19/09/2014

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