Improved Access Rights for Mountain Biking in the New Forest & a purpose built MTB centre

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What are you voting for?

Please vote to help increase the New Forest Mountain Biking access rights as well as longer term a purpose built mountain biking centre which would alleviate any current access issues as well as bring investment and income to the Governing bodies and local tourism too.

With c15 million visitors per year the New Forest has the potential to attract many more mountain bikers to the area by promoting this activity which is not only environmentally friendly, improves fitness and helps promote a healthy outdoor lifestyle too.

The New Forest

The New Forest is an area of southern England which includes one of the largest remaining tracts of unenclosed pasture land, heathland and forest in the heavily populated south east of England.[2] It covers southwest Hampshire and extends into southeast Wiltshire and towards east Dorset. The name also refers to the New Forest National Park which has similar boundaries. National Park 566 km2 (219 sq mi) - New Forest: 380 km2 (150 sq mi)

Current Mountain Biking issues

There are several bike hire shops that provide a great service to both locals and tourists but only on restrictive double tracks... with very limited access to riding mountain bikes other than on the main way-marked tracks and some bridleways.

Whats the opportunity

The New Forest has both the space and tourist facilities i.e. great pubs, hotels, B&Bs as well as many other attractions including the coast line to allow improved rights to Mountain bike without having an impact on them or the environment or landscape and with a huge opportunity for the New Forest and its governing bodies to make a significant income too with car parking charges, and with many other commercial opportunities too.

How trail centres work elsewhere 

Good examples include Moors Valley County Park (750,00 visitors per year) https://www.moors-valley.co.uk/planning-your-visit/cycling/ 

and Swinley Forest (800,000 visitors per year)

both joint ventures between governing bodes and the forestry commission that provide all year round sustainable mountain biking tracks, bike hire/shops and other facilities such a Go Ape, Bike Hire and Cafes as well as other healthy activities.

Who else can help our cause

Cycling UK who has been helping with access rights since 1878 and has c67,000 members, and a dedicated rights of way team.  To join or support them phone 01483 238301/0844 7368450; email: cycling@cyclinguk.org  website: https://www.cyclinguk.org/

 



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