One-stop-shop for New Forest walks and cycles

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Published Thursday 16 June 2016

Going for a walk or cycle ride in the New Forest is now easier than ever, thanks to a new online route finder.

The New Forest National Park Authority’s new web section uses videos, photos, maps and even Google street view to give visitors a preview of more than 30 of the Forest’s best routes.

To browse and download the walks and cycles visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/routes

Visitors can search for their perfect route by location, distance or even whether there is a pub nearby. They can then print out the route maps or download them to their smartphone or GPS device to try for themselves.

The aim is to help people enjoy a walk or cycle on approved routes in the New Forest with additional information about the area’s landmarks and history. Users of the route finder will also learn about what makes the National Park so special and what they can do to care for the New Forest.

Nigel Matthews, Head of Recreation Management and Learning at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘This route finder is a one-stop-shop for people looking for easy and accessible walking and cycling routes in the New Forest. It’s great to help people enjoy healthy exercise in the outdoors.

‘We know there is a demand for easy to follow routes from visitors and new residents, so we hope people find this resource useful. Of course it also helps us to encourage people to care for the Forest when they visit. This includes not dropping litter, feeding or touching the ponies and sticking to the main tracks from March to July to avoid disturbing ground nesting birds.’

Further walking and cycling routes will be added to the route finder in the coming months to help people explore even more of the National Park.

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Notes to Photo Editor:

A family walking at White Moor in the New Forest National Park.

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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:

Matt Stroud, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: matt.stroud@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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