New Forest: Hythe to Christchurch

This on-road route takes you through the New Forest National Park, from the Hampshire town of Hythe on the shore of Southampton Water, to the bustling Dorset town of Christchurch.

This route takes you through the New Forest and starts at Hythe Marina. Found on Southampton Water's western shore, it’s a 206-berth marina with shops, restaurants, bars and a boutique hotel. The route leaves Hythe using the B3056 and then the B3055, taking you into the New Forest, over the River Lymington and through the centre of Brockenhurst. The village of Brockenhurst lies within the Heritage Area of the New Forest and the countryside is all around you with roaming wild ponies, deer and cows. Brockenhurst is a wonderful place to enjoy a picnic, drink at the local pub or traditional English cream tea before you set off again. 

From here you skirt the Brockenhurst Manor Golf Club and journey further into the New Forest with its unenclosed pasture land, heathland and forest. Travelling through Harrow Wood on the Lyndhurst Road, you enter the hamlet of South Bockhampton before travelling onto Christchurch. The route finishes at Stanpit Recreation Ground, which is also a Local Nature Reserve.

Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

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The New Forest: Hythe to Christchurch route is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

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