New Forest Tour returns with bird’s-eye views of the National ParkPUBLISHED ON: 2 JULY 2018
Explorers in the New Forest can feast their eyes on the very best views of the area from atop the New Forest Tour starting this weekend (7 July).
The open-top Tour offers a panoramic perspective on wandering ponies, picturesque villages and vibrant purple heathland.
Operated by Morebus in partnership with the New Forest National Park Authority, last year over 34,000 passengers hopped on the ever-popular double deckers over its nine-week period of operation.
As well as great views, the Tour is the easiest way to learn more about the Forest. Passengers can sit back and enjoy an audio commentary about the area’s culture and history, as well as discounts at venues such as the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, Ringwood Brewery and the New Forest Wildlife Park.
This year, there are new Tour stops for you and your family. On the green route there is New Forest Adventure Golf just outside Lymington, where you can jump off for a spot of golf, grab some strawberries and hop back on the Tour. Whilst on the red route, the Spot in the Woods (near Ashurst) presents an ideal pit stop for those in need of a relaxing lunch on the terrace.
David Harrison, New Forest National Park Authority Member, said: ‘The New Forest Tour continues to be a great success for visitors and residents alike. As well as being a great experience, the Tour also helps protect the National Park’s unique landscapes by reducing congestion and carbon emissions.’
The New Forest Tour is a key part of the Authority’s aim to encourage more people to leave their cars at home, and is sponsored by local businesses. The Tour stops at local cycle hire centres within the Forest, with each Tour able to carry up to four bikes, giving access to the area’s quiet country lanes and 100 miles of waymarked cycle tracks.
Andrew Wickham, Managing Director of MoreBus, said: ‘We’re delighted that the New Forest Tour is returning with new and exciting visitor hotspots to stop at. Its three routes offer the best views of the National Park, linking countryside and coast, communities and attractions.’
Covering the length and breadth of the National Park, the three scenic routes saved around 146,000 private car miles last year. The Tour also provides a boost to local businesses, contributing an estimated £555,000 to the New Forest economy while stopping at local villages and attractions.
Residents and visitors can buy their ticket from the New Forest Travel Concierge, who will be offering travel information all summer at the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst Railway Station. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased online or directly from the driver on the day of travel.
For more information visit www.thenewforesttour.info
Notes to Photo Editor:
L-R: Elizabeth Neale (Morebus), Nigel Goodman (Morebus), Cllr David Harrison (New Forest National Park Authority) and Vicky Fox (Lymington Golf Centre).Notes to Editor:
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.
Beki Mole, Communications Assistant
New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646639