Lyndhurst & District

Leisure Cycling

The Group welcomes new members of reasonable ability and roadworthy bikes. Electric bikes are welcome. We meet on the 1st Friday and 3rd Thursday of each month at 10 am at Bolton's Bench War Memorial, unless otherwise stated. Rides tend to be between 5 and 15 miles length

If you like cycling and have a roadworthy bike then join our friendly group and enjoy the fabulous opportunities for exploring our lovely forest and local countryside using the official cycle tracks and forest lanes. There are some great routes and its a great low impact way of keeping fit. We usually include a coffee shop/hostelry for refreshment.

The group is a social group of men and women, special bike clothing is not necessary, helmets are not mandatory but are advised, as are high visibility tabards. We carry basic tools, tyre repair kits and puncture aerosols, spare inner tubes and first aid kit. We have back and front marker riders.

For indemnity reasons, you must be a U3A member, have reasonable road sense, and a roadworthy bike (ie good brakes, wheel spindles nuts, handle bar nuts, saddle bolts all secure).

Please ensure you are able to cycle 10 to 15 miles at a reasonable pace, including uphill so that the group can ride together. Please also check that you understand how the gears work and when to select, and the importance of correct saddle height to gain maximum leverage from your legs and tyres inflated hard to about 60 psi, to ensure smooth riding with the group, thank you.

Please get in touch if you have any questions by clicking on the link, leaders and routes are usually advised by email nearer the ride date.

Happy pedalling,


For reports on latest rides click on Ride Feedbacks .

Past rides 2018

Friday 15 December. Shortish Ride. TBA

Friday 1 December. Longish ride TBA

Friday 17th November Shortish Ride from Kren Garrod's home in Brockenhurst.

Friday 3 November 2017. Longish ride. Bolotns Bench to Fritham and return. 15 miles.

FRIDAY 20 October. Shortish ride. Meet Boltons Bench 10 am. Forest ride to Brockenhurst for coffee and a return to Lyndhurst on a New Park route to Pinkney Lane etc.

Friday 7 July. Bolderwood Car Park on forest tracks to Burley to refuel the back to Bolderwood. One or two Hills! George leading.

Friday 16th June, Short ride : Bournemouth Promenade , meet at the same car park as last time, (junction of Southbourne Coast Road and Broadway Road ) for a 7 mile ride along the promenade to the Jazz Café or beyond. John Robinson will lead . This is the last chance to ride this route this summer as it is closed to bikes during July and August.

Friday 7th July Long ride : Ken may not be able to lead this due to his wife's operation, and I am sailing in Weymouth. If Ken is unable to lead , I previously suggested the Red Funnel Ferry from Southampton to East Cowes, then the chain ferry and along the official railway line track to Newport and possible the Sustrans Route to Carisbrook and back. Failing that a local ride along known routes would work.

Friday 21st July . Short ride : GA leading a local ride around the quiet lanes, 10 am at the Bench, Ashurst, Woodlands Road , Bartley, Minstead, Lyndhurst.

Past Rides 2017

Friday 3rd March : Long ride about 15 miles, steep long hills, Bench to Burley and back mainly on tracks, limited escape routes.

Friday 17th February 2017 : Short ride : Geoff leading Bench , Ashurst, Longdown café and back , cancelled due lack of numbers.

Friday, 10 February.(postponed from 3 Feb due to foul weather) A 10-12 mile ride from Ken Garrod's home in New Forest Drive, Brockenhurst at 10 am

Friday 20th January 2017 : A ride on the South Side ! Meet George at 10 am at Lodge Heath Camp Site on the Brockenhurst to Beaulieu road (B3055) , OS ref 50.818251 -1.526089 ride of about 5 miles , George providing refreshment from his motorhome so please advise George if you are going (I'm away in HK)

Friday 6th January 2017 :Happy New Year Bikers !George leading a brilliant ride of about 12 miles with 3 hills starting at the High Corner Inn pub at 10 am and returning to the pub for refreshment.

Past Rides for 2016 :

Friday 16th December : Meet at Bolton's Bench at 10 am for a shorter ride of 5 miles along Southampton Road cycle track to Ashurst, Deerleap Inclosure, refreshment in the village. Geoff leading, hope to see you all there as the last one before Christmas, prize for best Christmas decorated bike or rider.

Friday 2nd December : Egg Benedict ride Hengistbury Head to Sandbanks along the promenade , 15 miles.
Meet at 10 am at the car park on Southbourne Coast Road just before the road leading to the Hengistbury Head café.

Friday 18th November : John R is leading an easy ride along the Beaulieu River. Meet 10 am at Beaulieu Village Car Park (entry is to the left side of the classic car sales in the main road through the village, Palace Lane).

Friday 4th November : John Robinson leading a pleasant ride to Furzey Gardens and back, refreshment at the Gardens.

Friday 8th October 2016

Geoff leading an off road ride from the War Memorial, Bolton's Bench to the Balmerlawn Hotel and back , distance about 9 miles, about 3 hours.

Friday 16th September 2016

Ken leading a ride along the Lymington sea wall . 10:00 start with a refreshment stop at Keyhaven or Milford.

This is our last ride on the 3rd Friday of the month, thereafter on the 1st Friday of the Month, starting Friday 7th October.

Friday 19th August 2016 : George leading, meet at 1000 am at Cadman's Pool,(near Stoney Cross) OS map grid reference 229 / 122 for an exciting new 8 mile ride around this beautiful part of the northern forest with all it's interesting terrain.

Friday 15th July 2016 : Ken leading a longer route with option for people to join later for the shorter route. Ken will be emailing riders with details, and will be advertised on the monthly meeting.

Friday 17th June 2016 : A shorter ride , meet at the Bench 10 am for one of our old favourite rides along the cycle track to Ashurst, then to Church Place , Deerleap and back to Lyndhurst along the track , about 5 miles , 2 hours at the most. A good route if this is your first time with the group.

Friday 20th May 2016 : Meet at Ken Garrod's house, 1, Forest Glade Close, Brockenhurst SO42 7QY, which is off New Forest Drive. The ride is mostly on gravel roads with some Tarmac. it is about 9.5 miles with a few relatively mild gradients. There are options for leaving after about 7.5 miles if needed.

Friday 15th April 2016: Test Valley Ride . 10 am meet at Bolton's Bench Memorial for taking the bikes in the car or on carriers , drive to Stoneymarsh car park north of Timsbury on A3057 (OS ref 335 269 or sat nav 51.041788 -10523107) then cycle on the old railway track (flat with slight uphill gradient) to Stockbridge.

Friday 18th March 2016 : John Robinson will organise. Any preferences or bright ideas to him please - via links on the Contacts page

Friday 19th February 2016 : Ride through Denny Wood to Brockenhurst via the National off road cycle route to Brockenhurst then back through Holland's Wood to Cattle Breeder's Lyndhurst about 10 miles , virtually all off road .

Friday 5th February 2016 : meet at the White Hart pub at Cadnam roundabout for a 6 miles local ride through the lanes to Bramshaw.

Friday 15th January 2016 Taking the bikes on bike carriers to Hengistbury Head car park for 20 mile ride along Southbourne and Bournemouth promenade to Poole and back. This is a nice winter ride , absolutely flat - guaranteed no hills ! and tempting cafes along the way and magnificent sea views. Depending on numbers we should have spare space on the carriers . This is the first of planned future carrier rides, such as Test Way cycle track Stockbridfge etc


Past rides for 2015 :

Friday 20th November 2015 10 am at Bolton's Bench for 4 mile off road ride to Denny Lodge and back.

FRIDAY 16TH OCTOBER 2015 Bench at 10 am for 15 to 20 mile Forest ride to Burley and back .

Friday 2nd October 2015 EVENING RIDE Bench at 5 pm for a local 5 mile ride , Minstead and back

FRIDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER 2015 Informal ride

Friday 4TH September 2015 EVENING RIDE 6 pm Boltons Bench for local 4 mile ride around Woodlands

FRIDAY 21ST AUGUST 2015. Church Enclosure and back , 5 miles.

Friday 17th July 2015 Denny Wood, Brockenhurst and back 10 miles.

Friday 19th June 2015 10 miles circular to Acres Down café and back

Friday 15th May 2015 , Our first ride, circular to Buskets Lawn enclosure and back 5 miles.

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