BOARD FERRY 7:05am - FERRY LEAVES 7:15am
Thank you for entering this New Forest event.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT INFORMATION
• START is at Lymington ferry terminal [GR: 4333 0953] (see map)
The start time of 7:15 a.m. is the time that the ferry departs for the Isle of Wight. You need to have collected your brevet card and boat tickets and be ready to board and stow your bicycle by 7:05 a.m.
(If you all arrive at 7:00 a.m. it will take us more than 5 minutes to process the queue!!)
The 8:05 ferry no longer runs so you really do need to be on the 7:05 a.m. departure.
But if you are on your way and are late phone us 0754 9643784 and we will remain at the ferry terminal until 7:45 a.m. to give you your brevet card and ticket for the 8:15 a.m. ferry departure
There are toilets within the ferry terminal building.
Coffee and tea are served on the ferry, but on the outward journey other refreshments may be limited. If you plan to have breakfast on the boat out to the Isle of Wight we suggest that you bring it with you.
Car parking at the ferry terminal is charged. A Parking permit is enclosed (see below) for the day for use in NFDC Council Town Hall and Barfields long-stay car parks, (Not Emsworth Road short stay car park). They are near to the event finish control and less than 2km from the ferry terminal (see map).
(Permit is NOT valid at Ferry Terminal).
Luggage may be left at your own risk and it will be transferred to the finish
• RETURN FERRY from Yarmouth to Lymington times are shown on the route sheet.
There is no requirement for a control stamp at Yarmouth or Lymington,
but many of you will want to use the return boat trip across the Solent for rest and refreshment. Options are:
• Purchase food in Yarmouth (see map on route sheet for choices)
• Purchase food on boat - sandwiches will be on sale at this time of day
• Bring your own packed lunch for maximum self-reliance and flexibility in catching ferry
• CONTROLS: The Lifeboat View Café at Bembridge (56km) is a cycle friendly café providing the normal range of food required to sustain long distance cyclists. The Co-op after Cranborne (160km) is open until late selling the usual range of Co-op shop food and drinks. Control stickers will be in a jar on the counter at these controls.
• CHECKPOINT and INFO CONTROLS: These are shown on the route sheets
• FINISH is at the Robert Hole Room, Lymington Community Centre, Cannon Street (see map)
Refreshments (included in entry fee) will be available at the finish.
Your attention is drawn to the following:
• The road from Alum Bay to the Needles is private (National Trust). This road is used by Coastguard and ranger vehicles. Please give way to these vehicles and do not impede their progress
• Many of the New Forest roads are unfenced and you will encounter ponies, donkeys, cattle and possibly deer or pigs. All animals should be treated as being unpredictable in their behaviour.
• There are quite a few cattle-grids. These can be slippery in wet weather.
• Several fords are crossed. There will probably be water in the fords at Brockenhurst and Moyles Court.
• Horse riding and carriage driving (Pony and Trap) is an everyday part of New Forest life. Please slow down and make your presence known when passing or overtaking (calling out is a good way of attracting attention, because horses are used to the human voice). Ponies and traps are easily spooked with potentially serious consequences for either the horse or the passing cyclist.
• A short length of the 200km route (The Ancient Highway) is along a gravel road. An alternative option to avoid this section is included on the route sheet. The Ancient Highway is shorter and cycle-able at reduced speed by most bikes, but is NOT recommended for the lightest wheels and skinniest tyres, or for trikes or recumbents.
Start / Finish Map
Car Park Permit
Isle of Wight gpx track
Mainland gpx track (using Ancient Highway gravel road)
Mainland gpx Track (all on tarmac roads)