On track for free Garmin cycling computers with New Forest bike hire

Garmin new forest cycle hire businesses

Published Tuesday 4 August 2015

People looking for the best cycle routes in the New Forest can now hire a bike with a free Garmin cycling computer to guide them.

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The New Forest National Park Authority has teamed up with Garmin and local bike hire companies to provide cyclists with free GPS navigation devices to help them find their way along the tracks and enjoy the National Park.

The Garmin Edge Touring devices are simple to use and come already loaded with a range of easy to follow, family-friendly cycle routes. They are available free of charge with bikes hired at outlets around the New Forest.

New Forest National Park Authority Chairman Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre said: ‘We're always looking for practical ways to help everyone enjoying the Forest’s cycle routes to stay on track, and Garmin's excellent devices will help achieve that. 

'People need to know where the permitted routes are, and these GPS cycling devices are going to be a great help to cyclists so that they know exactly where they are going and can get the best out of the 130 miles of gravelled tracks, whilst also helping preserve tranquillity and minimise any disturbance to wildlife.’

Gail Cook, UK and Ireland Marketing Manager at Garmin International, said:  ‘Garmin is an active lifestyle brand and we are delighted to encourage family cycling throughout the UK. I’m very pleased that we’ve been able to support our local New Forest National Park Authority’s cycling scheme with the provision of a large number of our Edge Touring units, a sat nav for your bike. 

'These cycling computers are pre-loaded with maps of dedicated cycle paths to encourage family cycling participation whilst preserving the beauty of the New Forest.’

Garmin cycling computers are free to hire at the following cycle hire shops:

  • Cyclexperience:  Station Car Park, Brockenhurst, SO42 7RR, Tel: 01590 624204, visit www.cyclex.co.uk

Find more about the service at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/cyclenav

This project is supported by Garmin and the Edge Touring devices are available to purchase at www.garmin.co.uk.

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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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