Public drop-in session for New Forest Community Routes

People walking on gravel path at Bolderwood

Published Tuesday 1 October 2013

Residents are being invited to have their say on improving existing routes that will make it easier and safer for people to walk, cycle and ride to and within the New Forest National Park.

A public drop-in session will be held at Lyndhurst Community Centre on 7 October for residents and other interested parties to find out more about the New Forest Community Routes project.

The aim of the project is to identify a network of already existing routes that can be improved and joined up  so that  all residents and visitors, including the less experienced, can explore the area without using a car.

The network will include existing Public Rights of Way, Forestry Commission tracks, roads and roadside paths or other legally available routes. No new routes will be created.

After an initial consultation with parish councils, the wider public are now invited to view the proposed network and talk to officers from Hampshire County Council and the New Forest National Park Authority about ways these existing routes can be improved and maintained.

Mark Holroyd, sustainable transport officer for the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘The aim of the project is to make it easier for communities to connect safely with each other and the countryside without the need for a car. No new routes will be created, but minor improvements can be made to existing ones. Everyone is welcome to come along to the drop-in session, take a look and have their say.’

Maps and examples of the types of possible improvements will be available to view at the event.

The drop-in session will take place from 4pm to 7pm on Monday, October 7, at the Lyndhurst Community Centre, Main Car Park, Lyndhurst, SO43 7NY.

The Community Routes project is funded as part of the £3.8m Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) from the Department for Transport, which is shared by the New Forest and South Downs National Parks to encourage visitors to both parks to get out of their cars and use environmentally-friendly transport instead.

More information on the Community Routes project, a map of the initial network and a set of frequently asked questions is available at


About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect

Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

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Media Contacts:

Sion Donovan, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646639


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