Lymington to Circular ride via new Forest

Lymington Circular Tour taking you via the lovely villages of Beaulieu, and Brockenhurst in The New Forest. – 22 miles

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This cycle ride is approximately 22 miles long. Along the way
you cycle through Hampshire’s lovely rural countryside and the New Forest. Route is along ‘B’ roads and country lanes to avoid busy traffic. There are how ever two very short sections on ‘A’ roads, for just a few hundred yards between a couple of the sections of the ride. Expect to encounter some hills along the route. Starting and finishing in the beautiful tourist town of Lymington with its marinas and cobbled streets.

Starting from Waterloo Road on the water front at the end of Bridge Street near to Lyminington Town railway Station. Cycle along Waterloo Road to the Bridge and cross the bridge on the B3054 Bridge Road. As soon as you have crossed the bridge TURN RIGHT along Undershore which takes you along the water front on the other side of the river.

Follow Undershore and past Lymington Pier Railway station and as it does it bends to the left away from the water front and as it does so it changes its name to Baddesley Road. As you cycle along this country lane you will pass a large field on your left, just before the small village of South Baddesley. This field was the site of RAF Lymington. RAF Station Lymington is a former World War II airfield in Hampshire which was used by the USAAF and was a prototype for the type of temporary airfield which would be built in France after D-Day.

Continue along the lane until you reach the end of the lane where you TURN RIGHT along
Sowley Lane and follow Sowley Lane round the left hand bend past Sowley Pond on your left. After about a mile and a quarter you come to a ‘T’ junction at the end of the lane. At this junction TURN RIGHT along St. Leonards Road towards The Royal Southampton Yatch Club. Follow the lane round the sharp left hand bend by the yachting club and after about 2 miles you pass a turning on your right for Bucklers Hard a place that’s well worth a visit. Bucklers Hard is a hamlet situated on the banks of the Beaulieu River. With its Georgian cottages running down to the river it was called Montagu Town, and was built by the second Duke of Montagu, and was intended to be a free port for trade with the West Indies. Bucklers Hard was where Sir Francis Chichester began and finished his single-handed voyage around the world in Gipsy Moth IV.

Continue to cycle along the lane past the turning for Bucklers Hard and after about a mile
and a quarter you come to a junction with the B3054 on the outskirts of Beaulieu. At the junction TURN LEFT along the B3054 away from Beaulieu. Note: – Beaulieu is a small village on the south eastern edge of the New Forest national park, and home to both Palace House and the British National Motor Museum.

Cycle along the B3054 away from Beaulieu which also called Hatchet Lane. This section of the ride is straight forward as you now follow the B3054 the 6 miles to the village of Brockenhurst. Cycling through the beautiful New Forest as you cycle along.

When you reach Brockenhurst the road comes to a ‘T’ junction with the A337. At the junction TURN RIGHT along the A337 for just 50 yards over the railway bridge THEN TURN LEFT onto Brookery Road. Keep bearing left along Brookery Road and after 250 yards TURN LEFT onto Sway Road B3055.

Now cycle along the B3055 as it twist and turns for about two and a half miles and the TURN LEFT along Pitmore Lane. This lane is just before you reach the village of Sway. Continue along Pitmore Lane for about a mile and three quarters then you come to the village of Bowling Green. At the village of Bowling Green Turn Left along Sway Road and follow this road for about three quarters of a mile where it meets at a junction with the A337. At this junction TURN LEFT along the A337 FOR 70 Yards then TURN RIGHT onto Marsh Lane, B3054.

You are now returning to the town of Lymington and cycle along Marsh Lane for about three quarters of a mile until it brings you back to the junction of Bridge Road on your left. TURN LEFT along Bridge Street which brings you back to the start of your cycle ride.

 

 

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