Dedicated driver devotes summer to his favourite visitor journeyPUBLISHED ON: 4 JULY 2019
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 (operating from 6 July until 8 September).
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 almost 40,000 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.
Edward Heron, New Forest National Park Authority Member, said: ‘Last year, the New Forest Tour enjoyed a bumper season. It has been operating for 15 years and offers a unique experience for visitors and residents alike. The combination of spectacular scenery, access to the landscape and discounts at local attractions and businesses en route draws many return customers. Reducing congestion and carbon emissions serve to protect the National Park’s special qualities.’
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.
Ian Rosenthal, a dedicated and popular driver of the Green Route, describes it as the best time of his year: ‘I love the diverse people who use the Tour. Even people who are in fancy dress hop on board! Everyone is welcome, even your bikes and pet dogs!
‘It is very difficult to see everything in one day. The best deal is the multi-day ticket as it gives you more time to hop on and hop off the intertwining three routes. Top tip: bring a hat or hairband to protect from the sun and wind. Don’t forget to pack something to keep you warm as it can get a bit chilly up on top deck!’
Andrew Wickham, Managing Director of morebus, added: ‘The New Forest Tour is immensely popular, not only among visitors to the area but also with local people, and that includes our drivers.
‘It’s testament to these beautiful routes that Ian has been driving them for so many years. As you can imagine, he has a wealth of knowledge about the New Forest and is only too pleased to share it with those travelling with us.
‘Together with our partners at the New Forest National Park Authority, we’re looking forward to another successful season here. It’s drivers like Ian who make it such a tremendous experience for all concerned.’
Covering the length and breadth of the National Park, the three scenic routes saved thousands of private car miles last year. The Tour also provides a boost to local businesses, contributing an estimated £636,000 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 Brockenhurst Railway Station. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased on the New Forest Tour website, via the clickit2ride app or directly from the driver on the day of travel.
To buy your tickets and more information visit www.thenewforesttour.info
Notes to Photo Editor: New Forest Tour Green Route dedicated driver
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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.
Suzi Shilling, Communications Assistant
New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646602