New Beaulieu to Buckler's Hard cycle route

Cycling from Beaulieu to Buckler's Hard

Published Monday 12 May 2014

Families can enjoy a new bike ride this spring, thanks to a new 10-year agreement between the New Forest National Park Authority and the Beaulieu Estate.

Cyclists are now able to ride on the two mile footpath which connects the picturesque village of Beaulieu towards Buckler’s Hard, where ships for Nelson’s navy were built.

The scenic route runs along fields and through wooded areas, but does not include the boardwalked riverside walk for pedestrians which runs adjacent to the cycle route.

The new agreement was recently highlighted by John Lynn, cycling projects manager at the New Forest National Park Authority, along with some historical characters including “Hawkins” the Victorian cyclist from Beaulieu and “Henry Adams” a Georgian Master Shipwright from the nearby Buckler’s Hard Maritime Museum.

The route has been repaired and resurfaced by the Beaulieu Estate as part of the £3.8 million Local Sustainable Transport Fund from the Department for Transport. The fund is shared between the New Forest and South Downs National Parks with the aim of encouraging 370,000 visitors to switch to car-free travel at each park by March 2015.

Julian Johnson, chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority (NPA), said: ‘The route is very beautiful and ideal for families looking for a gentle bike ride away from traffic. We’re grateful to the Beaulieu Estate for this 10-year agreement which makes it even easier for families to explore the natural beauty of the National Park without a car.’

The Hon. Ralph Montagu said: 'Cyclists have used this footpath unofficially for some years, but I agreed to make this a shared footpath and cycle route when the NPA offered to help improve the surface. However, any extension of this arrangement will be dependent on cyclists using the route responsibly by proceeding at a quiet and gentle pace.' 

For more information about cycling in the New Forest National Park visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/cycling, or for information about Beaulieu and Buckler’s Hard go to www.beaulieu.co.uk and www.bucklershard.co.uk

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Picture caption: The Beaulieu to Buckler's Hard cycle route with (from l-r) Master Ship Wright "Henry Adams" from Buckler's Hard, John Lynn, cycling projects manager at the New Forest National Park Authority, and Victorian cyclist "Hawkins" from the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.

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.

Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more.

Media Contacts:

Sion Donovan, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646639

Email: sion.donovan@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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