The route is a circuit of the New Forest, as far as possible along minor forest roads, which of necessity crosses many cattle grids - hence the ‘Gridiron’. New Forest ‘Commoners’ have the right to graze their animals on the forest and they roam free. The cattle grids are there to keep them in the forest but not off the roads. If their cattle, ponies, donkeys or pigs decide to cross the road, they will! They have ‘right of way’ so be careful. Ride slowly past animals, give them a wide berth and let horse riders know you are approaching and about to pass. The route twists and turns in places and goes straight across open heath in others. You will get an idea of how large and varied the New Forest is while enjoying the lovely autumn colours and a glimpse of the sea and the Isle of Wight towards the end.
Please note, all entrants need to ensure that they
- are capable of cycling 63 miles and coping with potential bad weather.
- ride roadworthy bikes and are capable of coping with any breakdown - we do NOT have a breakdown service
- are able to navigate from the Route Sheet. We do not sign the route as signs can get removed or changed. Study your map to supplement the written description - carry out a little homework beforehand and you'll not get lost.
Cattle Grids should be crossed steadily & square on - if you are unsure, get off & walk.
Ride safely with consideration for other road users & within the law. Don't give us a bad name. PLEASE!
Headquarters are based at Lymington Community Centre, Cannon Street, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 9BQ.